Romano Prodi may have been judged the winner of Italy’s general election by the country’s Supreme Court, but analysts say his work has only just begun.He now has to form a government which will have to please widely differing wings of his centre-left coalition.
Prodi dismissed Silvio Berlusconi’s refusal to aknowledge defeat.When asked, he said he’d already started work and that Berlusconi’s sad antics had not upset him. The wafer thin win by Prodi, the closest in Italian history, has thrown doubt on how long his government will last. Current prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi is continuing to allege regional miscounting in the election and wants more clarification.
But in reality he must eventually concede defeat, and some supporters are calling on him to focus on forming a credible opposition. On the streets of Rome, voters appear to have had enough of uncertainty: “Berlusconi will fight to change the result but the decision has been made” “I think it’s time for him to step aside …” According to reports Prodi has made his first cabinet choice and picked a new economy minister. But he will have to wait until next month and a new Italian President before he is officially called on to form the new government.