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New Italian cabinet gets first green light

New Italian cabinet gets first green light
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The newly-formed Italian cabinet has faced its first political test. The lower house of the Italian parliament – the Chamber of Deputies – voted in favour of Enrico Letta’s team of 21 ministers by an overwhelming majority.

The cabinet goes up against the upper house of the Senate for a second, final confidence vote on Tuesday.

Letta has vowed to maintain Rome’s financial commitments with its EU partners and announced visits to Brussels, Paris and Berlin this week.

The cabinet was sworn in on Sunday with a record seven women, including Emma Bonino, the country’s first ever female foreign minister and Cecile Kyenge, the first black female minister. It ended two months of political deadlock and Italy’s cost of borrowing has already dropped.

But Letta faces the stern task of presiding over a coalition of the country’s main left and right-wing parties, whilst negotiating difficult reforms and controlling the public finances.