Italy's PM Prodi faces confidence vote
Thursday, January 24, 2008
However, Thursday's vote in the Senate is expected to be very close. L'Unione has become destabilized due to the defection of UDEUR Populars, a somewhat small centrist party, but it can tip the balance of power. As a result, Prodi has come under pressure to resign before the vote. However, in 2007, Prodi survived a similar crisis, during which he pre-emptively resigned.
Berlusconi said that while he hopes for Prodi's resignation, he wants the government to remain until elections can be held: "I think that with the disappearance of the majority, the most logical thing would be that this government continues just for normal administration until the next elections, elections in the very near future."
Some allies of Prodi have suggested that he resign ahead of the Senate vote. This would be preferable to being forced to resign, if the Senate vote is lost.
- Stephen Brown. "Italian PM fights for survival in confidence votes" — , January 23, 2008
- Associated Press. "Italy’s Prodi under pressure to quit before vote" — , January 23, 2008
- Ian Fisher. "Italy’s Premier Seeks to Bolster Support" — , January 23, 2008