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2006-05-17 05:52:11

By Silvia Aloisi and Francesca Piscioneri ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming prime minister, Romano Prodi, formed a new government on Wednesday, hours before he was due to formally take power and end a five-week political vacuum. Prodi, who was given the mandate to govern on Tuesday, presented his cabinet list to President Giorgio Napolitano following protracted negotiations with his centre-left coalition partners over the distribution of portfolios. Prodi and his cabinet were to be...

2006-05-17 03:36:51

By Rachel Sanderson and Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming prime minister Romano Prodi will formally take power on Wednesday after protracted coalition bickering over cabinet posts and more than a month after his narrow general election victory. The 66-year-old former European Commission chief, who accepted the mandate from President Giorgio Napolitano on Tuesday, is due to present his list of ministers and hold the first cabinet meeting of his centre-left...

2006-05-16 17:29:00

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi presents his government on Wednesday, following protracted coalition bickering over cabinet posts and more than a month after his narrow general election victory. President Giorgio Napolitano named Prodi prime minister on Tuesday after consulting party heads, including outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who alleges voting fraud. The 66-year-old former European Commission chief said he would return to...

2006-05-16 13:59:48

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Romano Prodi was finally asked to form a new government on Tuesday, more than a month after narrowly winning a national election, but still faced last-minute negotiations with his allies over cabinet posts. President Giorgio Napolitano gave Prodi the mandate after consulting former presidents and party chiefs, including outgoing center-right Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who insisted he wanted more checks on the results of the election....

2006-05-16 12:02:01

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's president prepared to ask centre-left leader Romano Prodi to form a government on Tuesday, ending more than a month of political limbo since the center left narrowly won a national election. President Giorgio Napolitano said after consulting former presidents and party chiefs he had summoned Prodi for 7 p.m. (1700 GMT), and was expected then to give him a formal mandate. Napolitano said no one in the coalition led by outgoing Prime Minister...

2006-05-16 11:41:46

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.

2006-05-16 04:10:34

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new president began a day-long round of consultations with political leaders on Tuesday that will enable Prime Minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi to form a government and end a prolonged political vacuum. The day after he was sworn in as Italy's first ex-communist president, Giorgio Napolitano started meeting a stream of politicians at the ornate Quirinale palace in the first of a series of steps that will end with Prodi taking power....

2006-05-14 17:33:29

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italian President-elect Giorgio Napolitano will be sworn in before parliament as the country's first ex-communist head of state on Monday, starting a busy week in politics which will also bring a new prime minister. By Wednesday, the 80-year-old senator is expected to ask Romano Prodi to form a government, more than a month after the center-left leader won one of the tightest general elections in Italian history. Prodi spent the weekend in talks...

2006-05-11 08:16:23

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Boosted by the election of his candidate for state president, incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi on Thursday turned his attention to preparing a government to tackle Italy's economic woes and heal political divisions. "Now let's get down to work," he told reporters who asked him on Thursday about the make-up of his government. The election on Wednesday of Giorgio Napolitano, an 80-year-old life senator and former communist, cleared the way for a...

2006-05-10 09:23:08

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy picked a former communist, Giorgio Napolitano, to be its new president on Wednesday, opening the way for Romano Prodi to become prime minister more than a month after winning a close-run general election. Napolitano, an 80-year-old senator for life, secured 543 votes from the "grand electors" -- parliamentarians and regional representatives --, 38 more than the absolute majority needed. The result was a crucial victory for Prodi who cannot...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.