May 16, 2006

Italy’s Prodi to get mandate to form government

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's president summoned Romano Prodi on
Tuesday, a statement from the presidential office said, and was
expected to give the centre-left leader the mandate to form a
new government.

Prodi beat outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's
centre-right bloc in an extremely close election on April 9-10.