‘No to Marini, candidate Prodi ahead’

Published on 19 April 2013 at 08:46


Despite support from the Democratic Party (PD), the People of Freedom (PDL) and the party of Prime Minister Mario Monti, on April 18, Franco Marini was well short of the two thirds majority he needed to become president of the Italian republic in a combined vote of Italy's Chamber of Deputies and Senate.
Marini’s candidacy was the result of a much-criticised deal between PDL leader Silvio Berlusconi and his counterpart Pier Luigi Bersani of the Democratic Party, almost half of whose members refused to lend their support.
On April 19, Bersani announced the new PD candidate for the presidency will be Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister and president of the European Commission. Even if other parties won’t support him, he should win on PD votes alone, since the fourth vote to be held Friday afternoon requires a simple majority.

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