Italian Premier Enrico Letta delivers his speech ahead of a second confidence vote to confirm the government, in the Italian Senate in Rome, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Italy's new government easily passed its first confirmation vote Monday in Parliament after Premier Enrico Letta made concessions to his uneasy coalition allies, promising to ease part of a slate of austerity measures that have weighed on Italians impatient at the slow pace of economic recovery. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
(The Associated Press)
ROME – Italian Premier Enrico Letta's cross-party government has won the second of two confidence votes in Parliament.
The new government was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate by a vote of 33 in favor, 59 against and 18 abstentions, a day after it won confirmation by the lower house.
Letta's first order of business is a trip to Berlin, where he will meet later Tuesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel. One of his goals is to ease the pressure on Italy to pursue painful austerity measures.