Italy's Renzi wins Parliament confidence vote
ROME (AFP) - Italy's Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014, gave its backing to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's new government with a confidence vote that completes a daring and speedy power grab by the 39-year-old centre-left leader.
Lawmakers voted 378 in favour and 220 against for Mr Renzi, the former mayor of Florence, after the Senate Upper House earlier also approved a confidence vote with a far slimmer majority of 169 to 139.
Mr Renzi, who is the European Union's youngest prime minister, earlier on Tuesday called for Italy to have a more lynchpin role in Europe in an address to lawmakers.
"Europe is not our enemy," said Mr Renzi, who is also Italy's youngest-ever prime minister and has no experience in national government or Parliament.