Poland's new government led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk won a parliamentary vote of confidence on Saturday after he vowed to push through tough reforms to shield the country's economy from the euro zone crisis.

In the 460-member lower chamber, the Sejm, 234 deputies backed the two-party coalition -- comprising Tusk's centre-right Civic Platform and the small agrarian Peasants' Party -- and 211 voted against. Two abstained and others were absent.

Ahead of the vote, Tusk said his reform programme, which includes hiking the retirement age and eliminating many tax and pension privileges, would yield some 10 billion zlotys (1 billion pounds) in annual savings from 2013.

(Reporting by Pawel Sobczak, writing by Gareth Jones)