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Senate set-back for Prodi

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Italian Prime Minister-in-waiting, Romano Prodi has failed to get his candidate elected into the key post of Senate speaker. After a day of political chaos in Italy’s upper parliamentary house in which the vote was held several times, provisional speaker, Oscar Luigi Scalfero was forced to call a halt.

The first time around Prodi’s man, Franco Marini, did not win an absolute majority.The second time around he did, but the opposition contested the vote claiming that three senators had wrongly spelled his name and thus the vote was invalid. With time passing another vote was held and Marini won but once again failed to gain the absolute majority needed. The candidate up against Marini is the elder statesman Giulio Andreotti.He is backed by the out-going Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is still refusing to acknowledge Prodi’s wafer-thin win in the recent elections, and is challenging the new leader on every level. A further vote will be held later today, along with the vote for the speaker in the Chamber of Deputies.