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Berlusconi Faces Final Confidence Vote on Deficit Plan

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces a final confidence vote on an austerity package that aims to balance the budget in 2014 and shield Italy from the region’s debt crisis.

Berlusconi, staking the future of his government on the outcome, survived a first confidence motion yesterday when the Senate in Rome approved the plan, 161 to 135. The Chamber of Deputies, where he has a narrower majority than in the Senate, holds a confidence vote at about 7 p.m. to secure final passage of the measure.