The Latest Italian premier wins first confidence vote

ROME — The Latest on Italian government politics (all times local):9:30 p.m.Premier Giuseppe Conte has won a crucial confidence vote in Parliament’s lower house on his new coalition government.The 343-263 vote confirmed a comfortable margin in the Chamber of Deputies for the four-day old government.But Conte’s margin in Tuesday’s vote in the Senate is expected to be much closer.___6 p.m.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has made pro-Europe, pro-growth promises while seeking lawmakers’ support for his new left-tilting governing coalition.Conte forged a coalition last week out of mismatched partners joined by determination to keep far-right leader Matteo Salvini and his League party out of power.The lower Chamber of Deputies is set to vote Monday evening on the government Conte formed with the populist 5-Star Movement, the centre-left Democratic Party and a tiny left-wing party.As interior minister in Conte’s previous government, Salvini stiffened Italy’s tough illegal immigration policies by banning migrant rescue boats run by charities from entering Italian ports.Conte indicated Monday that his new government plans to tweak migrant policy but gave no specifics.The League was a partner in the previous government, which Salvini brought down by withdrawing and trying to force an early election that could make him premier.The firebrand nationalist leader joined protesters outside Parliament on Monday and said citizens were clamouring for their say at the ballot box.___11:30 a.m.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte is pitching for support in Parliament for his new left-leaning coalition ahead of crucial confidence votes.The lower Chamber of Deputies, where the government has a comfortable majority, is set to vote Monday evening. Conte’s fortunes are dicier in the Senate, where a coalition of the populist 5-Star Movement and centre-left Democrats holds a much-slimmer margin in Tuesday’s vote.Matteo Salvini’s anti-migrant League and a smaller far-right party were protesting outside Parliament.If Conte’s government loses either vote, it must resign.His first government collapsed after 14 months when Salvini withdrew his right-wing forces’ support. Salvini was hoping the move would trigger new elections that would give him the premiership. But the 5-Stars and Democrats set aside bitter rivalry to form an alternative coalition.The Associated Press read more

Prince Harry observes silence for Fidel Castro at official reception on Caribbean

first_imgFidel Castro was a defining figure of the 20th century A spokesman for Kensington Palace declined to comment.The Prince was attending the reception as the guest of honour, and also presented Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to young people who had achieved them.In 2008, when Castro decided to stand down as president, Mr Gonsalves paid tribute to him by saying: “Cuba has made tremendous progress in the fields of agriculture, education and health … living standards.”In the United Nations Human Development Index it is ranked in the top 50.” Fidel Castro was a defining figure of the 20th century Show more When he closed the twice-a-decade congress of the Cuban Communist Party in April, he called on his countrymen to maintain socialist ideals in the face of closer ties with the US.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: “Fidel Castro’s death marks the end of an era for Cuba and the start of a new one for Cuba’s people.”Mr Castro’s last appearance in public was at a gala to mark his birthday, which celebrated key moments in his life including repelling the US-backed attempt to invade in the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Prince Harry observed a moment’s silence for Fidel Castro as he attended a drinks reception in the Caribbean island of St Vincent.The Prince was put in the potentially awkward position on Saturday night by the Governor General of St Vincent, Sir Frederick Ballantyne, who is the Queen’s representative in the Commonwealth realm.Sir Frederick asked guests at the reception, jointly hosted by himself and the country’s Prime Minister, to observe a moment’s silence on the day the Communist dictator died aged 90.Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, said: “Castro was a good friend of the island.”He said Castro had invested in St Vincent, which had been a trading partner of Cuba for decades. In his address, Cuban President Raul Castro said his brother died at 10.29pm on Friday and would be cremated on Saturday before a period of national mourning is observed.He ended the announcement by shouting the revolutionary slogan: “Toward victory, always!”The news was followed by jubilant scenes in Miami’s Little Havana, home to thousands of Cuban emigres who fled in the decades after Castro’s forces toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.center_img Mr Castro stepped aside 10 years ago after suffering a severe gastrointestinal illness, and before his 90th birthday in August he told supporters he expected to die soon.He led a guerrilla coup in 1959 to overthrow the regime of the US-backed Batista, and remained hostile to Washington throughout his life.As US President Barack Obama moved to heal relations with Havana, Mr Castro responded: “We don’t need the empire to give us anything.” Show more It was a defining moment in the Cold War, which reached its peak a year later when the world came to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis.Mr Castro survived numerous assassination attempts by US spies, including a plot to kill him with an exploding cigar.But he clung on to power, enduring decades under a crippling US trade embargo.As its greatest ally, the Soviet Union, collapsed, Cuba remained a pariah Communist state at the cost of becoming one of the world’s poorest nations. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more