Premier Romano Prodi won a confidence vote Wednesday in the Senate, ensuring the survival of his center-left government.
The vote in the upper house of parliament was 162-157.
Prodi resigned last week after a defeat in the Senate on the government’s foreign policy. But the president had asked him to stay on and put his Cabinet to new confidence votes in parliament.
On Friday, Prodi will submit his nine-month government to the judgment of the lower house, where he has a comfortable majority.
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