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Showtime as Italy's Renzi unveils new gov't program

ROME--Italy's new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was to unveil details of his ambitious government program on Monday as he faced a confidence vote in parliament in a key test of his power to unite warring factions and secure a solid majority.

The new premier is expected to present plans for rapidly overhauling the tax system, job market and public administration in his speech to the Senate, which will put his newly formed cabinet to a confidence vote.

The former mayor of Florence is expected to win based on the support of his own center-left Democratic Party (PD) and his coalition partners — the centrists and the New Center Right (NCD) party.

Political analysts will however be paying close attention to the size of the majority he manages to secure, as an indication as to whether the new government has a chance of living out its mandate until 2018 or whether the country will end up back at the polls.

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