June 28, 2006
Italy’s Prodi wins confidence vote in Senate
ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi won a
confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday over a package of
technical measures, ensuring the survival of his six-week-old
The upper house, or Senate, voted 160-1 in favor of the
bill to extend a series of parliamentary measures and amend
rules for awarding public contracts.
package of measures through parliament and avoid dozens of
Under a confidence vote, a bill is adopted without
amendments, but if the government loses it has to resign.
Prodi's centre-right opponents said the new prime minister
had to resort to the do-or-die vote because otherwise splits
would have appeared in his government, jeopardizing passage of
the measures in the Senate where he has only a 2-vote majority.