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2006-05-09 05:01:09

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Fresh voting to elect Italy's new president was starting on Tuesday with the man backed by the incoming centre-left government looking closer to becoming the first ex-communist to be chosen as the country's head of state. More than 1,000 lawmakers and regional representatives were due to convene at 0930 GMT to begin a second round of voting after the first ballot on Monday proved inconclusive. If, as expected, no candidate gets a two-thirds majority...

2006-05-08 17:13:31

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Members of Italy's parliament -- split between left and right -- were called back to the chamber on Tuesday to try to unblock the political stalemate preventing the election of a new head of state. Center-left leader Romano Prodi, who won last month's general election, cannot take office until a president is chosen and gives him a mandate but he has been unable to persuade the center right to back his presidential choice. A first round of voting on...

2006-05-08 13:30:47

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's lawmakers failed to elect a new president on Monday as a split between Romano Prodi's left and Silvio Berlusconi's right produced a stalemate in the first round of voting for the next head of state. No candidate secured the two-thirds majority required to elect the president in the first three rounds of voting. "We need to proceed to a second round of voting," lower house speaker Fausto Bertinotti said. The inconclusive vote means that...

2006-05-08 09:48:16

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi refused to support the incoming center-left government's candidate for new state president in Monday's first ballot, guaranteeing a stalemate in a vote in parliament. Incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi -- who cannot take office until a new president is elected -- had proposed 80-year-old Giorgio Napolitano as a compromise after Berlusconi said he would not accept a more high-profile leftist...

2006-05-08 08:05:41

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi urged broad support for his compromise candidate for president shortly before voting began in parliament on Monday, but his center-right opponents gave no sign of agreeing. Prodi, whose center-left coalition won last month's election by a slim margin, will not be able to form his government before the election of the new head of state, who will formally give him the mandate. Prodi on Sunday put forward...

2006-05-08 07:03:59

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian parliamentarians start voting for a head of state on Monday after incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left proposed a new candidate to try to avoid a lengthy battle with the outgoing centre-right. Prodi, whose coalition won last month's election by a slim margin, will not be able to form his government before the election of the new president, who will formally give him the mandate. Prodi on Sunday put forward 80-year-old Giorgio...

2006-05-05 08:10:40

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi rejected the incoming government's preferred presidential candidate on Friday, dashing hopes for a quick appointment to the country's top job. Romano Prodi, who narrowly beat Berlusconi's centre-right government in last month's general election, wanted Massimo D'Alema, chairman of the biggest party in his coalition, the Democrats of the Left, to become head of state. With a slim parliamentary...

2006-05-02 06:54:20

By Paolo Biondi ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi told his cabinet on Tuesday he would tender his resignation to the president, leaving the way open for center-left leader Romano Prodi to form a new government. Communications Minister Mario Landolfi told reporters Berlusconi had announced his resignation plan to his government team, ending weeks of defiance after losing an April 9-10 national election by a razor-thin margin to Prodi. Berlusconi drove from the cabinet meeting to see...

2006-05-02 06:25:52

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi told his cabinet on Tuesday that he was going to tender his resignation to the president, Communications Minister Mario Landolfi told reporters. Berlusconi's resignation starts the countdown to the formation of a new government headed by centre-left leader Romano Prodi. Berlusconi left the cabinet meeting to drive to the palace of President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who could ask Prodi to form a government by the end of...

2006-05-02 08:35:12

By Paolo Biondi and Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi handed in his resignation on Tuesday, ending weeks of political uncertainty and opening the way for centre-left leader Romano Prodi to form a new government. Berlusconi had contested Prodi's razor-thin victory in a national election last month but was forced to concede after lawmakers elected centre-left speakers for parliament at the weekend, showing Prodi can control the assembly with his...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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