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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.
- Bersani 104
- Berlusconi 123
- Grillo 57
- Monti 17
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
posted on 02/26/2013 8:27:22 AM PST
A Grand Coalition or National Unity Government is Italy’s only option. Until new elections can be held.
posted on 02/26/2013 11:45:04 AM PST
(In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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.
posted on 02/27/2013 3:19:57 AM PST
(First, Do No Harm)
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.
posted on 02/27/2013 3:25:58 AM PST
Ungovernable people are free people.
To: Palio di Siena
Self-governed people are free people.
posted on 02/27/2013 4:35:50 AM PST
(First, Do No Harm)
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