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Prodi faces second vote as leading dissenters are axed

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Prodi faces second vote as leading dissenters are axed


The Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, is facing a second vote of confidence in as many days. But commentators believe the division in the lower house of parliament will make for a more predictable result for Prodi. He enjoys a more comfortable majority there. On Wednesday he won his confidence vote in the Senate by a narrow margin of just five votes.

Piero Fassino, the general secretary of the left-wing democrats, called for the events of the last week not to be repeated, and said the solidarity of the coalition must be the most important priority. The back-me-or-sack-me tactic shocked many left wing opponents into voting for Prodi, fearful of the prospect of allowing the right-wing Silvio Berlusconi back into power, just 9 months after vacating the job.

Even so, Franco Turigliatto is one of two senators expelled from the Communist Party for voting against the Prime Minister’s policies on Afghanistan.

He said he was bitter about what was decided which he considered absolutely unjust. The Italian people appear divided on the future of their government.

Some maintain it’s good that Prodi’s coalition has won the confidence vote. Others point out that the slim majority could mean that he’ll only hang on to power for a very short time.

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