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Govt defeated over moratorium on gambling outlets

Senate votes against executive over ban on new businesses

Govt defeated over moratorium on gambling outlets

(see related stories on government instability) Rome, September 5 - Premier Enrico Letta's government was defeated on Thursday when the Senate voted in favour of a Northern League motion calling for a ban on the opening of new gambling enterprises in Italy for a year. There is concern that the rapid spread of gambling outlets and Internet betting sites after liberalisations is causing a rise in addictions and huge hardship for the families of victims. All forms of gambling in Italy have risen during the current recession, the country's longest in over two decades. Economy Undersecretary Alberto Giorgetti said he would offer to give up his responsibilities for the gambling sector after the Upper House overwhelmingly rejected his call to vote against the motion. He said the content of the motion caused problems regarding the rights of gambling businesses and that a moratorium would produce a six-billion-euro hole in the State budget.

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