Italy's technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti has won the final two confidence votes he needs to accelarate his labour reform bill. He would have had to resign had he lost one of them.
Mr Monti is heading an uneasy coalition of technocrats who have pledged to put Italy's public finances back on an even keel. The labour reforms - which will make it easier to fire employees and broaden unemployment benefits - are considered vital to this plan.
Mr Monti's popularity has dropped to 33 percent, less than half the 71 percent he had when he took office last November hailed as 'Super Mario'.