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2005-10-15 05:09:59

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's chief critic in the center-right coalition resigned as party leader on Saturday after his attempt to unseat Berlusconi was shunned by the rest of his party. "A new season is beginning and there are no men for every season. This is my opinion, and this opinion has an inevitable consequence: my resignation as party secretary," Marco Follini told members of his Union of Christian Democrats (UDC). Follini's resignation removes...

2005-09-24 15:58:27

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's strongest potential rival to lead the ruling center right into elections next year said on Saturday he was not going to enter any leadership race. Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini, also Italy's foreign minister, quashed speculation that he would run against Berlusconi if there was a primary vote in the fractious House of Freedoms coalition. The centre-right is considering some sort of primary after...

2005-09-23 05:55:15

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy's central bank governor on Friday spurned a demand from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to quit over a takeover scandal, posing a fresh challenge to his authority after the abrupt resignation of his economy minister. Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio is in Washington for meetings of the Group of Seven and the International Monetary Fund, defying Berlusconi's call for the central banker to step down to save the country's international...

2005-09-23 03:27:10

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy faced an institutional crisis on Friday when the central bank governor spurned a demand from the prime minister to quit over a takeover scandal. The standoff over the Bank of Italy confronted Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with a major challenge to his authority after his economy minister resigned having failed to drive defiant central bank chief Antonio Fazio from office. Berlusconi's problems were compounded by an open challenge to his...

2005-09-22 22:03:25

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was confronted with challenges to his authority on Friday after a coalition partner spurned his leadership and the central bank governor appeared to ignore a call to quit. Berlusconi, facing national elections next year that opinion polls show he would lose, was forced to name a new economy minister on Thursday after Domenico Siniscalco quit in rows over the 2006 budget and Bank of Italy Governor Antonio...

2005-09-22 17:56:54

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy faces twin crises on Friday after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called on the central bank governor to quit and a coalition partner spurned his leadership ahead of elections the government looked set to lose. In a day of political upheaval, Berlusconi on Thursday was forced to name a new economy minister after Domenico Siniscalco abruptly quit in a row over the budget and a defiant Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio. The prime minister...

2005-09-22 14:39:59

By Paolo Biondi and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - In a day of political tumult, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his economy minister on Thursday, named a new one, put his own job on the line and told Italy's central bank governor he should step down. Berlusconi named Giulio Tremonti economy minister hours after Domenico Siniscalco walked out complaining the prime minister had refused to back his efforts to oust Bank of Italy (BOI) chief Antonio Fazio over a bank takeover...

2005-09-22 12:33:04

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday put his leadership of the centre-right coalition in question ahead of general elections due next year, saying he was willing to discuss his position with allies. Berlusconi has previously shrugged off suggestions from some coalition partners that he should step aside in the vote, which is due by May 2006. However, following a day of high drama in which he was forced to name a new economy minister, Berlusconi told a...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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