Italy’s President says he needs more time to decide over the timing of elections and a new voting system after the resignation of centre-left Prime Minister Romano Prodi last week. After four days of consultations with political leaders and former heads of state, Georgio Napolitano asked for a pause to reflect: The President has not indicated when he might announce his decision but an aide said it would most likely be sometime on Wednesday.
Napolitano described the situation as “complex and difficult.”
Sources say there is no clear majority in favor of snap elections, meaning the appointment of an iterim administration is more likely. And, while the politicians argue, Italians on the streets are becoming impatient: “I hope there will be elections, and soon” said one man.
But not everyone agrees; some campaigners want to see the electoral reforms first:
“I hope that our Members of Parliament understand that by having elections now under the current electoral laws we have would be an insult to voters.” said a demonstrator outside the Parliament building in Rome.
Prodi resigned last week after losing a vote of confidence in Parliament.
Keen to capitalise on his poll lead, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, now leader of the centre-right opposition, is pushing for snap elections.