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Fiasco over speaker's chair reveals fragility of Prodi majority

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Fiasco over speaker's chair reveals fragility of Prodi majority

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The fight to get their man in the speaker’s chair reflects the narrowness of Romano Prodi’s win in the recent general election. And questions are being asked of whether Prodi, once having formed a government, can really govern.

Lawrence Gray, Professor of Politics explains:“It’s a show of force because if they don’t pass this first basically low-level test on an institutional level of finding someone to be the leader of the next Senate, then the winning coalition, Prodi’s coalition, is going to have a lot of trouble getting a lot of things passed because this is going to be a harbinger of many many other kinds of problems. They’re not visible yet, but they will be simmering to the surface very soon” And some of those problems are coming in the form of the balancing act Prodi will have to perform to keep his centre-left coaltion together. Analysts say that with only a two seat majority in the Senate, Prodi will have to please all of the people all of the time if he is to stay in power.