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22 Jan, 2008 10:51

Italy's Prodi puts faith in confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has called for a vote of confidence in his weakened government.

The move follows the decision of a key ally to quit the centre-left coalition, leaving Prodi without a parliamentary majority.

It's widely predicted this could cause the collapse of the current government but Prodi insists he is confident of victory in Wednesday's vote.