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The Italian government of Silvio Berlusconi has won a confidence vote over its economic austerity plans.
Wednesday's vote clears the way for cuts in government spending, a freeze on public sector pay, and crackdowns on tax evasion.
The confidence motion was passed in the lower house Chamber of Deputies by 329 to 275.
The government survived a similar confidence vote in the Senate earlier this month. The austerity package is set to be signed off on Thursday.
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