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Government wins confidence vote on political spending cuts

Chamber expected to vote on provisions next Tuesday

Government wins confidence vote on political spending cuts

Rome, November 8 - The technocrat government led by Premier Mario Monti on Thursday won a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies, Italy's lower house, over a decree law aiming to curb local-government spending. It obtained the confidence of the assembly with 424 votes in favour, 78 against and 16 abstentions. The controversial measures, which include new provisions for the use of public funds by political parties, were introduced in the wake of a series of scandals involving the alleged misuse of public funds by regional government representatives on both sides of the political spectrum. The Chamber is expected to vote on the legislation next Tuesday, after which it will pass to the Senate, Italy's upper house, for examination.

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