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BBC NEWS | Europe | Prodi to speak on cabinet crisis
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi is set to address parliament after the departure of an ally threatened to topple his fragile ruling coalition.

Speaker Fausto Bertinotti said the centre-left PM had asked to address the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, on the "general political situation".

There had been speculation he would resign on Monday after a former ally ruled out rejoining the government.

Clemente Mastella, the former justice minister, called for an early election.

by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:21:17 PM EST
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For details of the developing crisis see yesterday evening's open thread.

I will try to keep you abreast of the news here when possible. For background information on Mastella's case, I brought it up in my recent diary on papal shenanigans.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 01:44:06 AM EST
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Prodi's discourse in parliament will begun around 11:30 this morning. He will then ask for a confidence vote. He remarked that he wants to look into the eyes of those who vote against him. The procedure of confidence vote implicates that each member of the parliament must walk up to the government bench and voice their vote.

A fitting ritual. With the Pope's god on his side, Mastella may muster the courage to trash a government over his wife's arrest.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 04:35:58 AM EST
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