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Security decree passed in Italian Senate


Rome, Nov 7 (IANS/AKI) The or of Parliament on Wednesday backed the populist government's controversial security and immigration bill in a confidence motion with 163 votes in favour, 59 votes against and 19 abstentions.

Senators from the ruling far-right League and anti-establishment voted in favour while opposition centre-Left and voted against the bill, which toughens immigration, anti-terrorism and anti-mafia rules.

The conservative Brothers of party abstained from the vote while its conservative ally did not take part, along with four Five-Star rebel senators.

In the Italian Senate, abstentions are counted as votes against.

Had the lost the motion, it would have been forced to resign.

The decree must now be debated in the lower house of Parliament ahead of a vote in the chamber.

Italy's hailed the passage of the decree as "an historic day".

"An historic day for Salvini's Decree," Salvini tweeted, later telling reporters at the of parliament that the would last its full five-year term.

"The doom-mongering jackals must come to terms with this," said Salvini, who is also the



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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 19:26 IST