Italy’s PM Draghi overwhelmingly won lower house confidence vote

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Italy’s PM Mario Draghi easily won a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament late on Thursday, news wires reported. The Chamber of Deputies approved the confidence motion by 535 votes to 56 in the 629-seat chamber, with the far-right Brothers of Italy being the only major party to oppose the former European Central Bank president.

Draghi already won a confidence vote on Wednesday in the Senate, where he gave his maiden speech as premier setting out his policy priorities, starting with tackling the twin coronavirus and economic crises.

The decision to support Draghi has lacerated the 5-Star Movement, the largest party in parliament, which was formed in 2009 as an anti-establishment protest group. It has joined Draghi’s multi-party government but many of its voters and politicians still baulk at the idea of supporting a former ECB chief. On Thursday 16 of 5-Star’s 189 deputies defied the party line by voting against Draghi. Fifteen of its 92 senators did the same thing in the upper house vote the day before. Smaller numbers in both houses abstained or did not show up for the vote.

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