Italian PM wins confidence vote

21 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

ROME: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte survived a vote of confidence Tuesday but failed to secure an overall majority in parliament, leaving his ruling coalition severely weakened as it battles the coronavirus pandemic, reports AFP.

The government has been teetering near collapse since former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party last week, depriving Conte of his majority in the Senate.

Weeks of tensions over the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis came to a head with a late-night vote of confidence in the upper chamber.

Conte won by 156 votes to 140, but only after almost all Italia Viva’s senators abstained—and crucially, the result fell short of the 161 needed for an overall majority.