Berlusconi wins confidence vote
Wednesday 22 June 2011
Silvio Berlusconi overcame coalition infighting to win a vote of confidence yesterday, his first parliamentary test since suffering two stinging electoral losses.
The Italian Prime Minister's centre-right government won the lower house vote on measures to boost growth by a margin of 24 votes, thanks to its Northern League ally, which is reluctantly supporting the coalition.
The victory is likely to provide only a brief respite for Mr Berlusconi, who faces plummeting approval ratings, a faltering economy and a number of court cases against him.
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