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Prodi facing confidence vote over budget

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Election recounts, falling ratings and a confidence vote – the pressure is mounting on Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Today the Senate votes on a 2007 budget that has proved deeply unpopular across the country over severe belt-tightening measures. His centre-left government has a razor-thin majority in the chamber. Prodi is expected to survive the test but it has raised tensions within his fractious coalition. As the announcement of partial recounts of last April’s election. Ballots are being scrutinised again over allegations of fraud on both sides of the political divide. Silvio Berlusconi, whose centre-right bloc lost the election, has been leading calls for a re-run of the national poll. That would be a daunting prospect for Prodi as one of the latest polls says only 19 percent rate the government higher than its predecessor.