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2006-05-02 04:56:34

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was expected to hand in his resignation on Tuesday after losing last month's election, starting the countdown to the formation of a new government headed by Romano Prodi. Berlusconi, who had contested the result of the April 9-10 poll, was scheduled to see President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in the early afternoon following a cabinet meeting. His resignation is a formality after the new parliament elected...

2006-05-01 09:10:26

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was under pressure on Monday to quickly end Italy's post-election political stalemate by asking the narrow victor, Romano Prodi, to form a new government. Once the May Day holiday is over, outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who earlier contested the result of the April 9-10 poll, is due finally to resign, setting the clock running for a new administration to take office. With credit rating agencies pushing...

2006-04-29 13:42:28

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - With a nickname like "The Knight," Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi could hardly have been expected to simply surrender. But the man who once said being a loser and giving up was not part of his DNA finally decided to quit on Saturday after three weeks of political wrangling following the narrowest election defeat in modern Italian history. Crying foul, he had demanded a review of disputed ballots. Irresponsible, unrealistic and unfair, said his...

2006-04-29 13:22:42

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - With a nickname like "The Knight," Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi could hardly have been expected to simply surrender. But the man who once said being a loser and giving up was not part of his DNA finally decided to quit on Saturday after three weeks of political wrangling following the narrowest election defeat in modern Italian history. Crying foul, he had demanded a review of disputed ballots. Irresponsible, unrealistic and unfair, said his...

2006-04-29 11:36:46

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday he would resign, ending three weeks of wrangling over a narrow election defeat and clearing the political decks for Romano Prodi to take power. Berlusconi would hand in his resignation to President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi on Tuesday after a scheduled cabinet meeting, officials said. He had previously alleged election fraud and had refused to formally concede defeat after the April 9-10 polls....

2006-04-29 11:20:12

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Prospective prime minister Romano Prodi managed to get his candidate elected speaker of Italy's upper house at the fourth attempt on Saturday, but the drawn-out vote showed coalition cracks that bode ill for future stability. The fact that it took four ballots to elect Franco Marini prompted many commentators to warn that the slimness of Prodi's centre-left majority may not suffice to keep him in power long. "The Prodi government, if it ever sees the...

2006-04-29 05:30:17

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Romano Prodi's hopes of forming a stable government suffered a setback on Saturday after he failed to win backing for his candidate to become speaker of Italy's upper house in three successive votes. Prodi's center-left coalition has two more chances to elect its candidate on Saturday in ballots at which the margin needed for victory will be lowered each time. The Senate session resumed at 10:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) but voting only started two hours...

2006-04-28 18:57:05

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Prime minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi failed early Saturday to impose his candidate for speaker of Italy's upper house following three secret ballots that laid bare the fragility of his parliamentary majority. A fourth and final vote will be held on Saturday morning, where the margin needed to clinch victory will be lowered, which should open the way for Prodi's ally Franco Marini to finally clinch the prestigious post in the upper house Senate....

2006-04-28 14:03:26

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Prime-minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi suffered an embarrassing setback on Friday when a centre-left ally failed to secure victory in two highly charged votes to elect a speaker for Italy's upper house. The ballots, which took place on the opening day of the new parliament and verged on the farcical at times, underscored the serious problems Prodi will face trying to govern with the tiny majority he carved out in a general election this month. The...

2006-04-28 10:21:09

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Prime-minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi stumbled at his first parliamentary hurdle on Friday, when his center-left candidate failed to secure an absolute majority in a vote for the speaker of the Italian upper house Senate. The result on the opening day of the new parliament mean the Senate will have to hold a second and possibly even a third vote to decide who will take the prestigious position. At least one center-left senator, and probably more,...