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Chaos after latest Italian General Election
The general election which took place on 24–25 February
2013 to determine the 630 members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the
315 elective members of the Senate left Italy in a state of chaos.
Italy is ungovernable, lacking a clear majority at the Senate
as the centre-left alliance led by the Democratic Party obtained a clear
majority of seats in the Chamber of Deputies. The majority bonus trebled the
number of seats assigned to the winning force, while in the popular vote the
former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been narrowly defeated.
it is possible that soon new elections will be needed. In
the meanwhile the secretaries of Monti’s government has received a countermand: to stop preparing
to leave as Monti and his Ministries might remain until October.
The big surprise of this election has been the new
anti-establishment Five Star Movement of the comedian Beppe Grillo, which
became the third force, clearly ahead of the centrist coalition of the outgoing
Prime Minister Mario Monti.
The international press has condemned the result as a
disaster for Italy and Europe as, whatever government they’ll manage to form,
it is unlikely to be stable or durable. Strong concern has also been expressed
by the Italian press which also underlined the need of change demonstrated by Grillo’s
There have been varied ideas, that of forming a grand
coalition involving the three main forces. Another option would be Bersani
together with Berlusconi or the forming of a government with Mario Monti.
Grillo wants nothing to do with either of these proposals.
To make things more complicated the new government will
have to elect the new president. But whoever is chosen Italy will have to
struggle to avoid new elections later this year.
Most of the Italian voters hope that reforms will be
made, urgently, and also that the electoral system will be changed. Youth
unemployment has reached 36%. Labour cost have risen and productivity has
decreased. The welfare system and legal system need to be changed.
These are all problems to be faced up to as soon as possible.