Friday, April 21, 2006

As You Know, Italians Love to Fight -- and Keep Fighting

Just in case anyone hasn't kept an eye, last week's Italian election debacle (think Florida, 2000) went to the nation's top court, which sided with the center-left leader Romano Prodi.

The US has recognized the result, but Silvio Berlusconi shall not be moved.
Mr Berlusconi has not made any public comments since the court announcement.

His economy minister, Giulio Tremonti, told Italian TV that some "anomalies" were yet to be cleared up.

The national co-ordinator of Forza Italia, Sandro Bondi, said the court should widen its review to include "irregularities" in overseas voting.
Word is that Berlusca's running a parallel push to be named Italy's president, a mostly ceremonial post currently being vacated by the retiring and extremely popular Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.