ROME Dec 11 Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta
won a confidence vote in the Senate on Wednesday, confirming his
parliamentary majority after the withdrawal of a coalition
partner last month.
Lawmakers backed the government by 173 to 127. Letta, head
of a coalition between the centre-left Democratic Party and
smaller centrist and centre-right groups, asked parliament to
back a broad programme of reforms which he said would lift
Italy's stagnant economy after two years of recession.
The Senate vote followed his comfortable victory in a
Chamber of Deputies confidence motion earlier on Wednesday.
Letta called the votes to confirm his majority after Silvio
Berlusconi, now banned from parliament, ended seven months of
cooperation with the centre-left by pulling his Forza Italia
party out of the coalition.