Italian Prime Minister Conte wins vote of confidence

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome on Monday in the midst of a government crisis. Conte’s centre-left alliance won an absolute majority of 321 votes in the larger of the two chambers of parliament, a spokesman for the lower house in Rome said. It was the first of two planned votes of confidence. The Senate is expected to vote on Tuesday. Last Wednesday, the splinter party Italia Viva led by ex-prime minister Matteo Renzi left Conte’s coalition and plunged the government into turmoil. Since then, Conte has sought new majorities in p…

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