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UPDATE:Silvio does it again…but government’s fate still shaky. PDF Print E-mail
Sep 30, 2010 at 07:47 PM
ImageSo. After six weeks of focusing on a confidence vote that was, perhaps, maybe, forse, peut-etre, to shed some light on the fate of Silvio Berlusconi's coalition government, politicians and pundits are really no wiser than they were before boring us all to death. After addressing the Chamber of Deputies yesterday afternoon, Berlusconi pulled the rabbit out of the hat, so to speak, winning a majority of 342 votes. But, guess what? As soon as the vote was over, it immediately became clear that the deciding votes were cast by the MPs backing Mr. Berlusconi's former ally, Gianfranco Fini, the Speaker of the House who after a series of increasingly violent disagreements, last July pulled out of Berlusconi's party.

What this means is that at the moment at least, the Finiani (who this week will form their own, new party) hold the fate of the government in their hands. And so it is no clearer than before how much longer the Berlusconi government can last. Indeed, most analysts here believe it is now almost certain that early elections will have to be held before the Prime Minister's mandate formally expires in 2013. So what else is new?

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