Premier Enrico Letta has won a confidence vote in the Italian Senate after Silvio Berlusconi delivered an about-face and announced he would support the government.

With a few dozen votes still being counted, Mr. Letta had more than 230 “yes” votes in the 321-member Senate, far more than he needed to keep his five-month-old coalition alive.

The actual voting was anticlimactic after Mr. Berlusconi acknowledged defeat and said he would support Mr. Letta after defections in his party robbed him of the backing he needed to bring down the government.

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