Italy’s Interior Minister and deputy prime minister Angelino Alfano have survived a no-confidence vote. The result avoids what many believed would have been the death knell of the fragile coalition government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement called for the Senate vote after the hurried deportation of the family of a dissident Kazakh oligarch in May which shocked the country.
The controversy threw the coalition government into its deepest crisis since it was formed earlier this year. There are suspicions that the extradition after a midnight police raid on the family’s villa in Rome was carried out as a favour to oil-rich Kazakhstan.
The UN and international human rights groups condemned the deportation.