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2006-05-10 08:02:39

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy elected a new president on Wednesday, ending a lengthy period of political limbo and opening the way for Romano Prodi to become prime minister more than a month after beating Silvio Berlusconi at the polls. Prodi's candidate, Giorgio Napolitano, an ex-communist, 80-year-old life senator, secured 543 votes from the "grand electors," parliamentarians and regional representatives, 38 more than the absolute majority needed. The result was a...

2006-05-10 07:37:59

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy elected a new president on Wednesday, ending a lengthy period of political limbo and opening the way for Romano Prodi to become prime minister more than a month after beating Silvio Berlusconi at the polls. Prodi's candidate, Giorgio Napolitano, an ex-communist 80-year-old life senator, secured 543 votes from the "grand electors" -- parliamentarians and regional representatives -- 38 more than the absolute majority needed. The result is an...

2006-05-10 06:46:15

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy elected a new president on Wednesday, ending a lengthy period of political limbo and opening the way for Romano Prodi to become prime minister more than a month after beating Silvio Berlusconi at the polls. Prodi's candidate, Giorgio Napolitano, an ex-communist 80-year-old life senator, secured 543 votes from the "grand electors" -- parliamentarians and regional representatives -- 38 more than the absolute majority needed. The result is an...

2006-05-10 06:16:31

ROME (Reuters) - Giorgio Napolitano, an ex-communist, has won enough votes to become Italy's new president, according to a provisional ballot count still under way on Wednesday in parliament. Lawmakers applauded as the votes for Napolitano, read by the lower house speaker, passed the 505-vote mark, the minimum required for the centre left's candidate to be elected head of state. Counting continued and the official final result will be announced later. Napolitano, an 80-year-old...

2006-05-10 03:44:17

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi said his centre-left coalition aimed to elect Italy's first former communist as president on Wednesday and be asked to form a government next week, ending a month of political limbo. Prodi expressed optimism to reporters as lawmakers began voting in a fourth and possibly definitive ballot to elect Italy's new president, who would then give him the mandate to form a new administration. Asked whether he expected...

2006-05-09 17:13:48

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming government is set to elect the country's first former communist as president on Wednesday in the face of opposition from most of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative bloc. Prime minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi has vowed to ram through his candidate, Giorgio Napolitano, after two days of wrangling and inconclusive ballots. Winning the vote is vital for Prodi to show his leftist coalition can govern with the smallest...

2006-05-09 12:02:10

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming prime minister said on Tuesday the center left was ready to go it alone and push through its candidate, a former communist, for head of state despite opposition from Silvio Berlusconi's conservative bloc. Romano Prodi made the comment following a second, inconclusive ballot in parliament on Tuesday and hours after his archrival Berlusconi said there was "no room for agreement" on the candidate, Giorgio Napolitano. Prodi, who only...

2006-05-09 10:19:59

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming prime minister said on Tuesday he was determined to support the center left's candidate, a former communist, for head of state despite opposition from Silvio Berlusconi's conservative bloc. Prime minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi made the comment following a second, inconclusive ballot on Tuesday and hours after his archrival Berlusconi said there was "no room for agreement" on the candidate, Giorgio Napolitano. Asked whether his...

2006-05-09 08:22:12

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's lawmakers again failed to elect a new head of state on Tuesday as the centre-right opposition refused to back the incoming government's preferred candidate, a former communist. No candidate obtained the required two-thirds majority in a fresh vote on Tuesday and outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said there currently was "no room for agreement" with the center left. Barring any last-minute deal, the third ballot on Tuesday night was...

2006-05-09 05:44:31

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - A new ballot to elect Italy's next president started on Tuesday with the man backed by the incoming centre-left government seen inching closer to becoming the country's first former communist to be elected head of state. But the result of the first of the day's two voting rounds was almost certain to be inconclusive as both the centre-left and centre-right blocs decided to cast blank ballots while they held frantic talks to try to reach a...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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