Italy's Letta survives confidence vote

Feb 04, 2014, 5:43 PM EST
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta poses at Palazzo Chigi during a meeting with the Royals of the Netherlands on January 23, 2014 in Rome, Italy.
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Italian centrist Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote Tuesday that effectively enshrined a previous decree intended to reduce overcrowding of Italy's packed prisons. But the very fact that it was necessary speaks to the fragile state of his grand coalition there, and the fresh faces like center-left Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi waiting in the wings.

Background:

Letta wins confidence vote on prison overcrowding bill [Reuters]

Anti-establishment party moves to impeach president [CNBC]