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No Coalition Possible in the Italian Senate ^ | February 26, 2013 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 02/26/2013 8:27:18 AM PST by Kaslin

La Republica confirms what we long thought highly likely: The Italian Senate is Ungovernable.

A Senate majority takes 158 seats and no party has more than 123 at the moment. The current results look like this:

Senate Seat Projections

There are 315 total seats and the total above is only 301. Although 14 seats remain, not even a Monti-Bersani coalition in addition to those 14 seats would bring Bersani's total to 158.

Curiously, it appears Bersani received a plurality of the Senate popular vote with 32% compared to Berlusconi's 30.2%. Grillo weighs in with 23.9%, and Monti at 9.1%.

If 123-104 in favor of  Berlusconi over Bersani sounds strange, it is not unlike a presidential election in the US where one candidate wins the popular vote and another candidate wins the election based on  state-by-state electoral votes.

Chamber Comparison to US

In Italy, both houses of parliament share duties equally. In the US, financial bills originate in the House, and only the Senate has a say in approval of judges and cabinet-level positions.

"AC" writes ..."Most likely Italy will go back to vote within a couple of months, probably after changing the electoral law.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: berlusconi; bongobongo; italy

1 posted on 02/26/2013 8:27:22 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

A Grand Coalition or National Unity Government is Italy’s only option. Until new elections can be held.

2 posted on 02/26/2013 11:45:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Kaslin

No place is ungovernable. This is nonsense. Italy is like this and it’s a major flaw in the parliamentary system. Our system is superior in every way.

What will happen is they’ll work something out. Just like people do everywhere all the time.

3 posted on 02/27/2013 3:19:57 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Kaslin

This is what Grillo wanted. He’s been preaching a populist theme favored here as well: both parties are corrupt and their is little difference between them.

4 posted on 02/27/2013 3:25:58 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: 1010RD

Ungovernable people are free people.

5 posted on 02/27/2013 3:27:06 AM PST by Palio di Siena
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To: Palio di Siena

Self-governed people are free people.

6 posted on 02/27/2013 4:35:50 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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