Draghi's Italian govt gets final approval

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Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi easily won a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament, the final step needed for his new government to exercise its full powers.

The Chamber of Deputies approved the confidence motion by 535 votes to 56 in the 629-seat chamber on Thursday, with the far-right Brothers of Italy being the only major party to oppose the former European Central Bank president.

Draghi was sworn into office last week after a drawn-out political crisis that saw his predecessor Giuseppe Conte forced out over a coalition rupture.

He already won a confidence vote on Wednesday in the Senate, where he gave his maiden speech setting out his priorities, starting with tackling the coronavirus and economic crises.

The decision to support Draghi has lacerated the 5-Star Movement, the largest party in parliament, which was formed in 2009 as an anti-establishment protest group.

It has joined Draghi's multi-party government but many of its voters and politicians still baulk at the idea of supporting a former ECB chief.