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Italian PM's New Government Wins Confidence Vote in Senate

Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his new center-right cabinet won a confidence vote Thursday in the Senate, one day after winning approval in the lower house of parliament.

Mr. Berlusconi resigned last week after a political crisis prompted by the coalition's severe losses in regional elections earlier this month.

But President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi reappointed him after Mr. Berlusconi determined he would be able to form a new cabinet.

Tuesday, the prime minister outlined his priorities for the period leading up to next year's general elections. He promised business tax cuts, policies to favor families and assistance to Italy's underdeveloped south.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.