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Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta wins a confidence vote in the lower house

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Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta wins a confidence vote in the lower house

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For the third time in as many months Italy’s Prime Minister, Enrico Letta has won a confidence vote in the country’s lower chamber. He urged lawmakers to back him or risk chaos.

He said Italy had avoided reforms for 20 years and could no longer afford to delay. The PM gave little detail but promised to cut the country’s debt which is the second highest in the eurozone as a proportion of the overall economy.

“The confidence I am asking you to place in this government is to build a better Europe. If you want to isolate us in Europe don’t vote, if you are a populist and anti-European please vote no in this confidence debate in my government,” he told the chamber.

Protesters gathered outside parliament where the prime minister will go through a second confidence vote this evening in the upper house. It’s expected he will win with the help of the New Centre Right party.

In Turin a demonstration, one of several which have been staged in cities during the week, reflected feelings aimed at government policies imposed to improve public finances and keep them within EU rules.