Tue Apr 11th, 2006 at 05:44:13 AM EST
Update [2006-4-11 5:44:13 by DoDo]: BREAKING: I just see at La Repubblica that after 43 years(!!!) of being a fugitive, the boss of the bosses of the Sicilian mafia, Provenzano was arrested!!! And, where else: in Corleone. Below the last image made of him before he went into hiding (right), a computer graphics made earlier of how he should look now (center); and the first photo after arrest (left).
Victory for the Left:
In a true cliffhanger election, the Italian Left under the leadership of former PM and former European Commission President Romano Prodi narrowly won a majority in both chambers of the Italian Parliament. (Details moved below the fold.)
(Photos from Corriere della Sera)
- Participation: within Italy, a respectable 83.5%
- House: Prodi's L'Unione centre-left coalition beat Berlusconi's Casa della Libertà (CdL) right-wing coalition with a mere 25,224 votes, at 49.80% : 49.74% - in the new system, giving 341 seats against 277. (Votes from abroad will slightly change this, but probably increasing the Left's advantage.)
- Senate: despite a lead of 50.2% to 48.95% of votes nationally, CdL only won 155 seats against 154. This one-seat lead can be upturned if the Left wins 4 out of 6 foreign senate seats (still counted).
So, unexpectedly narrow, but nevertheless it seems victory for Prodi and the Italian Left.
Update [2006-4-11 16:46:4 by DoDo]: With almost all foreign votes counted, it is now certain that Forza Italia wins only one more seat, while L'Unione wins 4+1 (the extra is one South American ex-pat party candidate, who declared he joins L'Unione).
This results in a total of 158+1 leftist, 156 rightist elected Senators. There are seven more Senators for life, three of whom de Gondi counts as safely pro-Left, gives a 162:160 majority for the Left.
For the House, L'Unione won 7 overseas seats, CdL won 4, and a nonaligned expat party won 1 (likely to support L'Unione like his Senator party comrade). Thus in the end, the House is left 348+1 : 281 right.