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Italy’s Conte Wins First Key Vote for Government’s Survival

  • Lower house lawmakers back prime minister’s governing plan
  • Vote follows Renzi decision to pull support from coalition
Giuseppe Conte delivers a speech to the lower house of parliament at Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome on Jan. 18. 

Giuseppe Conte delivers a speech to the lower house of parliament at Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome on Jan. 18. 

Photographer: Alessandra Tarantino/AFP/Getty Images

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won a crucial confidence vote Monday, after lawmakers backed his governing program amid a deepening rift within his coalition.

Lawmakers in parliament’s lower house backed Conte’s call to reach an agreement to relaunch the country, currently battling the economic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. Conte secured 321 votes, an outright majority in the 629-strong lower house, while 259 lawmakers voted against him.