Italy's Berlusconi retains position after votes of confidence
December 14th, 2010
09:06 AM ET

Italy's Berlusconi retains position after votes of confidence

[Updated at 9:06 a.m. ET] Angry protesters threw rocks and bottles and police lobbed tear gas canisters Tuesday in Rome's streets in the wake of lawmakers' confidence votes, narrowly in favor of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

[Posted at 8:27 a.m. ET] Embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi retained his position by a narrow margin Tuesday after the nation's upper and lower houses of parliament voted in favor of him in a confidence vote.

The vote in the upper house, or Senate, was 162-135 with 11 abstentions. The lower house, or Chamber of Deputies, turned in a much narrower margin - 314-311, with two abstentions. The vote was the latest in a series on his leadership.

The last confidence vote for the three-term prime minister was in September.

With so many lawmakers aligned against Berlusconi, however, it may be difficult for him to carry on with his legislative program, said CNN's Dan Rivers.

"There is going to have to be a bit of horse-trading," he noted.

As the lower house vote total was announced, three loud explosions could be heard as protesters threw firecrackers or flash-bang devices at police lines assembled in the area, Rivers said. Several hundred protesters have amassed, and police had shut down a portion of central Rome.

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  1. Cesar

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. A drink to the English our allies. Love their bloody lbs. Here here, long live the queen.

    December 14, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    What is that you say. No drinking and keyboarding. Ill have u know sir, that I can do both, and have yet too receive a citation by scootland yard sir. Long love the queen of england...

    December 14, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Long live the leaning pezzsa in italy to

    December 14, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • dalis

      Viva il cazzo pendente di Silvio Berlusconi.

      December 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    No it is not too early for a drink as my tongue buds go by italy time zone.

    December 14, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • ms smiley

      what are you talkin about your supose to be talkin about the votes

      December 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Ann culter u swine pig

    December 14, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. ms smiley

    people make there own disions and do there own thing just be glad you have somthing instead of nothing

    December 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel

    If one has enough money,they can do anything! This man is even lower than the mob bosses he's persecuting!!!

    December 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Former News Photog

    I wonder how long it will be before the crooks in our own government are dealing with riots in the streets over the crap they've been doing. I give it six months tops before this happens here. The world is getting fed up with governments that don't serve anyone but themselves. Should make for some interesting video. I might just have to come out of retirement.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |