ROME (AP) _ With rifts in his coalition papered over for now, Premier Romano Prodi faces a vote of confidence that his government appears certain to win.

The center-left alliance was shaken last month by a vote over NATO's eastward expansion, but Prodi said he has drawn up a program of ``strong reforms, which can give the government a long-term strategy.''

He will address the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies separately Friday, with the vote scheduled for Tuesday.

The opposition bailed Prodi out last month after his Communist allies voted against the addition of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to the NATO alliance.

In office since mid-1996, the government already has lasted longer than a large part of the other 54 Italian governments since World War II. Its mandate expires in 2001.