ROME, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Italy's troubled government late on Wednesday won the second of two confidence votes from parliament, after Prime Minister Enrico Letta was threatened last week by former premier Silvio Berlusconi who ordered the ministers from his center-right party to resign.
The left-right coalition gained support of the lower chamber with a large majority of 435 yes votes to 162 no votes, hours after the Senate also gave its approval.
The center-left Democratic Party (PD), of which Letta is the acting leader, Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party and the centrist formation of former premier Mario Monti backed the government.
The anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S) of comedian Beppe Grillo voted against along with rightist Northern League and leftist Left, Ecology and Freedom party (SEL).
In an address to the lower chamber, Letta, a moderate former member of the European Parliament, suggested the economy would be now given high priority.
He promised that constitutional reforms could be passed within the next 12 months and Italy would remain below the European Union threshold of three percent of debt to gross domestic product (GDP).
While acknowledging that the economic recovery will be "gradual," the prime minister also said the government now has "the goal of one-percent growth in 2014 and higher in the years to come."
Earlier in the day, Letta won a confidence vote at the Senate, where his government is short of a solid majority, after Berlusconi made a sudden about face on his decision to bring the coalition down.
Berlusconi had thrown the government into crisis after blaming it for putting on ice the postponement of a value added tax (VAT) hike. The 77-year-old was given a final guilty verdict for tax fraud in August and is waiting for the Senate's decision over his ejection from parliament.
Letta refused to accept the PdL ministers signatures. However, the PdL still appeared to split as some lawmakers on Wednesday made a request to a committee of lower house whips to form an independent group from Berlusconi's party.
Over the past weeks, Italian business organizations have strongly called for political stability, warning that a government crisis would reignite international fears about the country's economic reliability just as it struggles to emerge from its deep recession.