New Italian gov't confirmed by Senate

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 7:36 AM

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Enrico Letta's cross-party government has won the second of two confidence votes in Parliament.

The new government was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate by a vote of 33 in favor, 59 against and 18 abstentions, a day after it won confirmation by the lower house.

Letta's first order of business is a trip to Berlin, where he will meet later Tuesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel. One of his goals is to ease the pressure on Italy to pursue painful austerity measures.

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