Italy P.M. Renzi secures final confidence vote

Feb 26, 2014, 6:56 AM EST
Italy's new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi rings the bell to open his first cabinet meeting on February 22, 2014 in Rome, Italy.
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Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has won a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament, backing his government's programme of rapid economic and institutional reform. He has promised to cut income tax, invest in jobs and abolish the Senate or upper house as a law-making body.
Background:
Italy P.M. Matteo Renzi secures final confidence vote [BBC]
Matteo Renzi wins Italian senate backing for his coalition government [The Guardian]