Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti looks up before a meeting with Lebanon's Prime minister Najib Mikati at Chigi Palace in Rome December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Italy's Monti wins confidence despite no-vote by Berlusconi bloc
Posted : Thursday, 06 December 2012 06:52AM
ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's government won a confidence vote in the Senate on Thursday despite a walkout by former premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right PDL party.
Monti won the vote on economic measures by 127 to 17 votes with 23 abstentions.
The PDL walked out after earlier criticism of Berlusconi by Industry Minister Corrado Passera.
(Reporting By James Mackenzie; editing by Barry Moody)
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