Italy’s Berlusconi retains position after votes of confidence

December 14, 2010

By Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) — Embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi retained his position by a narrow margin Tuesday after the nation’s upper and lower houses of parliament voted in favor of him in a confidence vote.

The vote in the upper house, or Senate, was 162-135 with 11 abstentions. The lower house, or Chamber of Deputies, turned in a much narrower margin — 314-311, with two abstentions. The vote was the latest in a series on his leadership.

The last confidence vote for the three-term prime minister was in September.

With so many lawmakers aligned against Berlusconi, however, it may be difficult for him to carry on with his legislative program, said CNN’s Dan Rivers.

“There is going to have to be a bit of horse-trading,” he noted.

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