November 18th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Italy's new government wins second key vote

Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti won a key vote of confidence in his new government Friday in Italy's lower house of Parliament, as he seeks to lead the country out of financial crisis.

The lower house voted overwhelmingly in support of his fledgling government Friday, with 556 votes in favor to 61 against, a day after the Senate also voted 281 to 25 in favor.

Monti, who took office Wednesday, presented his proposals for the new technocratic government Thursday.

He said the main points of his program are balancing the budget, promoting growth, and cutting down on social disparities.

He also said overhauling Italy's pension system, fighting tax evasion and cracking down on organized crime will be key steps.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Since noone else wants the job?

    November 18, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Fledgling. Heh heh.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |