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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,...

2006-04-28 05:45:22

By Giselda Vagnoni ROME (Reuters) - Italy's upper house of parliament began voting on Friday for a new speaker in the first test of authority for prime-minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi. Prodi's center-left coalition has just a two-seat advantage in the upper house Senate and is battling to get former union leader Franco Marini elected to the prestigious speaker's post. He is facing off against 87-year-old elder statesman Giulio Andreotti, who is being promoted by outgoing prime...

2006-04-27 08:27:28

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Italy's parliament reopens on Friday following this month's general election and will provide an immediate litmus test of Romano Prodi's ability to control his tiny majority. Attention will be fixed on the upper house Senate, where Prodi's centre-left coalition enjoys just a two-seat advantage and faces an awkward vote to elect a speaker for the chamber. Political analysts warn that if Prodi fails to carry the ballot it will signal his inability...

2006-04-21 15:39:49

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Just two days after his election victory was confirmed, Italy's prime minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi was embroiled in coalition bickering, and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi quickly predicted a new government would fall. The media tycoon also came as near as he has yet done to conceding defeat in this month's closest-run vote in Italian history, which led to a supreme court ruling on Wednesday that confirmed a wafer-thin victory for Prodi. At...

2006-04-21 04:50:47

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Just two days after his election victory was confirmed, prime minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi was already struggling to contain a row within his centre-left coalition that augured ill for his future government. Opponents always said Prodi would be unable to hold together his broad alliance, which spans diehard communists to Roman Catholic moderates, but no-one expected the cracks to emerge even before Prodi had formally taken office. The fight...

2006-04-21 04:30:25

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's election winner Romano Prodi said on Friday former European Central Bank board member Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa was a "serious" candidate to become his economy minister, but that nothing had been decided. One Italian newspaper reported on Thursday that Padoa-Schioppa had already accepted the post, something Prodi dismissed as speculation. "(His candidature) is certainly a serious and considered possibility," Prodi told reporters, adding: "There is no post...

2006-04-20 04:25:47

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italy's election winner Romano Prodi has picked his new economy minister, his first cabinet choice since he unseated the center right, a newspaper reported on Thursday. But Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who lost the closest election in modern Italian history, vowed to fight the center left and bring down what he called Prodi's "still-born" coalition as quickly as possible. Berlusconi has still refused to officially recognize Prodi's victory in an...

2006-04-19 14:08:36

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's supreme court on Wednesday confirmed Romano Prodi's narrow victory in last week's general election, dismissing accusations by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of widespread voting irregularities. The ruling ended days of political stalemate and cleared the way for Prodi to start work on forming a government, which is unlikely to take office before the second half of May because of a constitutional logjam. "Finally this electoral story is...

2006-04-19 11:33:30

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's supreme court said on Wednesday center-left leader Romano Prodi won last week's general election, dismissing complaints by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that the vote was marred by irregularities. The ruling opens the way for Prodi to start work on forming a new government which, because of constitutional complications, is not expected to take office before the end of May. Berlusconi refused to concede defeat after the closest Italian election in modern...

2006-04-19 10:54:11

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's supreme court has confirmed Romano Prodi's razor-thin victory over Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in last week's general election, an Italian television news channel said on Wednesday. The Sky TG24 channel gave no source for its report and Prodi said he would not comment until after official confirmation. The court, which had been widely expected to make such a declaration later in the day, said official results of the April 9-10 ballot...


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