After a heated debate, 343 MPs backed the incoming coalition of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and centre-left Democratic Party, while 263 voted against, according to the official count.
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini likes to present himself as a devout Christian but the head of the Catholic Church has taken starkly different political stances.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini declared last week that his right-wing League party no longer supports Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and is pressing for a no-confidence vote in the next few days.
In the middle of the holiday season, Italy seems set for renewed instability after Interior Minister Salvini called for a new election based on his party’s high polling.
The lower chamber of the Italian Parliament has approved a 2019 national budget that includes funding to realise campaign promises made by leaders of Italy's government.
Italy's hardline policies on migrants and refugees is not a good deal for anyone. Things are likely to take a turn for the worse as the European continent continues its love affair with right-wing populism.
League leader Matteo Salvini, Italy's new interior minister, warned migrants at a rally in northern Italy warned migrants that "The free ride is over".
New Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his cabinet – the first populist government in an EU-founding member – were sworn in by President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace.
Italy's Five Star Movement piles pressure on President Sergio Mattarella over his choice for prime minister after more than 11 weeks of political deadlock following inconclusive elections.
A coalition contract published by Italy's far-right League party and anti-establishment Five Star Movement aims to end over two months of political deadlock after inconclusive elections in March
Italy succumbs to the forces of populism with voters increasingly attracted to leaders railing against the establishment.
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is unwanted, but the largest grouping in Italy's parliament needs his party's support to be part of a majority coalition.
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