Italy government wins lower house confidence vote on budget

The Italian government on Friday comfortably won a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on its expansionary 2019 budget by 330 to 219.

The coalition called the vote as a way to hasten the parliamentary passage of the budget, which will now move to the Senate. It must be passed in both houses by the end of the year.

The budget raises the deficit to 2.4 percent of gross domestic product next year from 1.8 percent this year. Brussels says it breaks previous commitments to reduce borrowing and will not lower Italy's large public debt.

Source: VOV5