Italian president Georgio Napolitano is due to announce his decision on the future of the government after Romano Prodi’s centre-left coalition resigned on Wednesday. “This evening I will try to organise the different proposals and my thoughts, and tomorrow morning I will communicate the decision,” he told reporters.
Prodi, who has remained in a caretaker role as prime minister, stepped down after losing a crucial foreign policy vote in the Senate. He’s been trying to convince Napolitano he can muster enough support to lead a new government. That support was demonstrated.
Piero Fassino, of the Left Democrats, said “We think the best solution is the immediate return of Prime Minister Prodi with the government to parliament to restore confidence.” Former premier and centre-right opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi says he’s very worried at the prospect of Prodi returning to power. “We don’t want a repeat of this government which has already done enough harm by undermining Italy’s credibility abroad,” he said. Analysts believe the prospect of an early election is unlikely. But even if the president does choose Prodi, he would still face a confidence vote in both houses.