There was some welcome sunshine illuminating government headquarters in Rome on Tuesday and Italy’s embattled Prime Minister must be hoping that it will shine on him during the coming confidence vote in the senate.
Romano Prodi has worked tirelessly to shore up political support and he has appealed to the Senate to back reform of the electoral system, to give more stability to government. “We need a law that guarantees our citizens are able to choose not just a party, but also a platform, a coalition, a government plan and a Prime Minister,” he said.
His speech was greeted enthusiastically by his own coalition members, but opposition members dismissed the move.
Right-wing parliamentarian Giorgio La Malfa said it was likely Prodi would win the confidence vote. But, he added, it will end up the same as before, in collapse. Prodi is expected to win today’s ballot by several votes.