EU Australia Online - News & information from the capital of Europe direct to Australian businesses

Prodi and Berlusconi

  • January 25th, 2008
  • Posted by 7thmin

prodi-bxl-101007.jpgItaly’s Prime Minister Romano Prodi warned that with disorder in the financial sector it was no time to overturn his government, but failing confidence in him within the governing centre-left coalition, has seen him defeated in a parliamentary vote.

The coalition of nine parties has struggled to keep together during its 20 months in office; it was hamstrung by a very narrow majority in the Senate, and it was a vote of no confidence in the upper house, 161-156, which brought it down (24.1.08).

That move is likely to cause the appointment of a caretaker government, to try to modify the proportional allocation of seats in the electoral system — which allowed 39 political parties into the present parliament.

The country might also go directly to elections, and in either case commentators in Italy say the right-wing former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, would have a strong chance of getting back in.

Picture: Romani Prodi, a former President of the European Commission , back at Brussels for a visit last October, (eu av).