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Italian parliament votes to ratify Lisbon Treaty

Latest update : 2008-07-31

Italy's lower house of parliament voted unanimously Thursday to ratify the Lisbon treaty, giving fresh hope to the stalemated treaty after the devastating 'no' vote from Ireland over a month ago.

Members of Italy's lower house of parliament unanimously approved Thursday ratification of the European Union's Lisbon reform treaty, a week after senators gave it their green light.

The outcome -- which comes more than a month after the treaty was rejected in an referendum in Ireland -- was welcomed with standing applause in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome.

Lawmakers from the eurosceptic Northern League -- a part of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government -- voted in favour of the text, but remained sitting, after their demands for a referendum went unfulfilled.
  

Date created : 2008-07-31