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Italy poised for new government or snap election

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Italy poised for new government or snap election
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A decision is expected in the coming hours on whether Italy will have an interim government or a snap election to resolve its latest political crisis. Speculation is growing that President Giorgio Napolitano will choose Franco Marini, the Speaker of the Senate, to head a new administration.

It follows Romano Prodi’s resignation as prime minister last week, after he lost his majority in the Senate. Outgoing Interior Minister Giuliano Amato is also being linked to the role. Napolitano has been consulting political leader for the past four days on how to break the impasse.

The centre-right opposition favours an election. Polls indicate its leader Silvio Berlusconi would win. But most of the centre-left believe reform of the electoral system is needed before a new election can take place.