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Italian PM wins Senate confidence vote – report


Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni won a confidence vote in the upper house Senate on Wednesday, allowing his coalition government to take office.

Former premier Matteo Renzi resigned last week after losing a referendum on his proposed reform of the constitution.

Gentiloni re-appointed virtually all of Renzi’s old ministers and easily won an initial confidence vote in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday.

His administration might only last a few months, with many party leaders pushing for elections in the first half of 2017, a year ahead of schedule.

Gentiloni won 169 votes in the 320-seat Senate, with 99 voting against.

Many opposition Senators did not take part in the confidence ballot.


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