Monti's govt wins second confidence vote
Rome - Italian Premier Mario Monti's new government has won a second confidence vote in Parliament, securing its mandate to help bring Italy out of its debt crisis.
The lower Chamber of Deputies voted 556-61 for Monti's government of bankers, CEOs and university professors. On Thursday, his government won the vote in the Senate 281-25.
Before the vote, Monti urged lawmakers to not "pull the plug" on his government before elections in 2013, no matter how politically painful the measures in his plan to spur growth and cut debt.
Monti is under enormous pressure to not only to save Italy from succumbing to the debt crisis but to prevent a catastrophic disintegration of the common euro currency.