Romano Prodi, who tendered his resignation last week, has won a confidence vote in the Senate, allowing him to continue in office.
Piero Fassino, who leads the biggest party in Italy’s centre-left coalition, predicted earlier this week that the coalition had secured enough support to win a confidence vote to allow Prodi to return to power.
And in a vote on 28 February, a week after he lost a Senate vote on his foreign policy that prompted his resignation, Mr Prodi secured a narrow victory by 162-157.
"I am very satisfied, now we'll go to the lower house," Mr Prodi said.
Italy’s president, Giorgio Napolitano, had asked Prodi, a former European commission president, to stay on and told him to submit his government to both chambers of parliament for a confidence vote.
However, opposition parties urged Napolitano to sideline Prodi completely and appoint a caretaker government.
1 March 2007