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Letta emboldened after winning confidence votes

'Marks a new beginning' says premier

12 December, 12:53
Letta emboldened after winning confidence votes (ANSA) - Rome, December 12 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta was emboldened Thursday after his government survived confidence votes in the Senate and House the night before. "Yesterday we took a commitment to a new beginning. The country wants answers and businesses want the right tools to stop the gross domestic product (GDP) from plunging," said Letta. The votes were called after ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia party pulled its support, leaving Letta with a more slender majority in parliament.

It survived as expected thanks to the support of the New Centre Right (NCD) party, a group of pro-government moderates led by Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano who split from Berlusconi loyalists last month.

In his 2014 agenda, Letta has promised actions aimed to introduce a new election law, reduce labour costs, and cut a national debt that costs the country tens of billions of euros in interest payments annually.