Italian PM wins confidence vote after Berlusconi U-turn
ROME (AFP) - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote with a crushing majority after his challenger Silvio Berlusconi abandoned his bid to topple the government in a stunning about-turn.
Out of 305 senators who took part in the vote, 235 were in favour of the government and 70 against with no abstentions - far higher than the majority required of 153 senators.
Earlier on Wednesday, Berlusconi abandoned his bid to topple Mr Letta, saying he would vote to support the government in a humiliating climbdown after key allies rebelled.
"We have decided to vote for confidence, not without internal disputes," Berlusconi said ahead of a confidence vote in Parliament called after he launched his challenge to the leadership on Saturday.