Daily Tribune

 LATEST NEWS
 Top Stories
 Iraq
 South Asia Quake
 Hurricane Wilma
 U.S.
 World
 Business
 Personal Finance
 Technology
 Sports
 Entertainment
 Health
 Science
 Politics
 Washington
 Offbeat
 Weather
 Raw News
 NEWS SEARCH
 
 Text Archive
 SPECIAL SECTIONS
 Multimedia Gallery
 News Summary
 (AUDIO)
 News Summary
 (VIDEO)
 Today
 in History
 Video Gallery
 Photo Gallery
 PhotoWeek
 SportsWeek
 U.S. Census
 Database
 U.S. Crime
 Database
 Corrections
Apr 29, 12:32 PM EDT

Italy's Renzi wins confidence vote but party divided


Interactive
The aftermath of the Italian earthquake
Latest News
Alitalia calls 24-hour strike 'disrespectful' of passengers

Suspect in Tunisia attack claims innocence at 1st hearing

Italy drops illegal-detention hypothesis in deadly shipwreck

Italian police: Man in Naples kills 4, wounds 6 with shotgun

Gutted Costa Concordia cruise ship now ready for scrapping

Buy AP Photo Reprints

ROME (AP) -- Premier Matteo Renzi's government has won a confidence vote in Parliament on his electoral reform proposal that has badly divided his Democratic Party.

Wednesday's 352-207 vote with one abstention was the first of three ballots on various articles in the bill that Renzi's government has put to a confidence vote to help guarantee passage in the lower Chamber of Deputies. If the legislation is voted down, Renzi's government must resign.

Thirty-eight of the 310 Democrats in the chamber voted against the bill in a sign of division within the party over Renzi's leadership. Renzi thanked those lawmakers who voted in favor, saying in a tweet that "the road is still long but this is the right time."

The legislation is aimed at making more stable, longer-lasting governments.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.