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Premier’s Coalition Wins Senate Support

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From Times Wire Reports

Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema’s new center-left Cabinet won a vote of confidence early today in the Senate, a key step in ending Italy’s political crisis. The new government, sworn in late Wednesday, faces another vote in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house. If the government loses that vote today, President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi could ask someone else to try to muster a new governing majority or could call early elections. D’Alema quit Saturday but was asked by Ciampi to forge a new coalition.

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