Home > News > World
Wednesday February 5, 2014 MYT 5:25:57 AM
Wednesday February 5, 2014 MYT 5:26:51 AM
ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote on Tuesday which he had called to hurry a law through parliament aimed at reducing prison overcrowding.
The lower house voted 347 to 200 to back the government's decree, which must now be passed by the Senate to become law.
The confidence vote, on which the survival of the government was staked, was used to eliminate time-consuming voting on proposed amendments.
The decree, which came into effect in December but most be approved by parliament by February 21 to become permanent, extends the use of electronic tagging and assigns more drug addicts to treatment centres to reduce the number of inmates.
Italian jails are the most crowded in the European Union, with around 62,000 detainees held in jails built for fewer than 48,000, according to official data.
Some prisons have more than 250 percent of the number of inmates they were built for, according to prison rights group Antigone, which welcomed the decree.
The opposition 5-Star Movement and Northern League groups opposed the measure, saying it would put "assassins and mobsters" back on the streets, an accusation the government denies.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
French PM Valls wins confidence vote in parliament
Slovenian parliament to vote on approving new government on September 18
Catalans form human V for Vote to seek choice on split from Spain
Worry, mystification in China over Scotland independence vote
Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three
Uganda's Museveni ditches former ally PM Mbabazi in power struggle
Hundreds of Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State gather on Turkish border
Zambian President Sata opens parliament, easing health fears
Exclusive - Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Russia says backs U.N. draft resolution on 'terrorist fighters'
Sweden's Moderates say could cooperate with centre-left government
HTC's Butterfly 2 takes flight
London's Wembley stadium to host climax of Euro 2020
Footsteps only and no cars for Spanish Steps
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)