Italy's Conte holds on to power after winning Senate confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte survived a confidence vote in the Senate on Tuesday, allowing him to hold on to power after the departure a coalition partner rattled his government. Conte had urged lawmakers in the upper chamber to back his centre-left alliance, saying Italy needed political stability as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic. “For my part, I assure my maximum willingness and commitment, with everyone’s contribution, to steer the renewal of the country in this crucial phase,” the prime minister said. In the end, Conte’s victory was narrow in the Senate, having rece…

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