Italy government

Italian government wins vote of confidence on economic package in lower house

ROME

The Italian government led by Mario Draghi won a key vote of confidence in the Lower House on Thursday, the first step in approving a 23 billion euro package of economic aid to struggling families and businesses.

The 410-49 vote was the first political test after the 5 Star Movement – one of the main coalition parties backing the Draghi cabinet which confirmed its support. But the party also sets conditions for its support.

Five-star leader Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday handed the Prime Minister a 9-point document, including the party’s main proposals.

In the document, the movement stressed the need to accept “extraordinary” intervention to help families and businesses struggling with soaring energy prices and the prospect of another economic downturn.​​​​​​​

Conte had already secured support in Thursday’s confidence vote, but tensions remain high within the party, which could split when the second and final vote on economic measures takes place next week in the Senate.

The 5 Star Movement is part of a contentious coalition government that includes the centre-left Democratic Party and the right-wing League.

In recent months, the coalition has faced sharp divisions over key economic policies and stance on the Ukrainian war, leading the 5 Star Movement to the verge of withdrawing its support for the government.​​​​​​​

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