156 senators voted for confidence in the government, 140 were against, 16 abstained. This means that Conte does not have an absolute majority in the upper house of parliament.
Opposition parties have said they plan to ask President Sergio Mattarella to intervene to force Conte to resign.
During his Senate speech, Conte said it was vital to maintain political cohesion that faced the « historic challenge » of the pandemic.
Conte’s troubles stemmed from the decision of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Viva Italia party to withdraw from the ruling coalition.
Renzi and Conte have been unable to agree on how best to use EU funds, are sent to Italy to help Italy overcome the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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