October 9, 2001 |
Italians voted to overhaul the country's constitution, handing greater autonomy and financial muscle to its regions, final results from a weekend referendum show. Sunday's referendum means the central government's powers will now be limited to foreign affairs, defense, public order, justice, electoral legislation, the environment and some education matters.
June 10, 2001 |
Eager to take his place at two European summits this week, Silvio Berlusconi received a formal mandate from Italy's president Saturday to assemble a Cabinet and assume the job of prime minister as early as today. The two men met in the evening after a month of haggling among the media tycoon's center-right allies over the spoils of a May 13 election and Italy's place on a continent whose policies of unification are at odds with key parts of his program.
April 29, 2001 |
Silvio Berlusconi's term as prime minister in 1994 lasted only seven turbulent months, but never mind. That matters as little now as his three subsequent convictions--overturned on appeal--for false business accounting and bribing the tax police, and the four indictments he still faces. Nor does it matter much that Berlusconi, Italy's richest person, wants to govern again without giving up control of the country's three largest private television networks and the rest of his corporate empire.
April 29, 2000 |
A week after his appointment, Prime Minister Giuliano Amato won a legislative mandate Friday night to head Italy's 58th postwar government and try to keep the country's bickering centrist and leftist forces in power until scheduled elections next spring.
May 14, 1999 |
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi won Italy's presidency with broad support from lawmakers on the left and right. Ciampi, who was treasury minister, won after a single round of voting by the two houses of Parliament and regional representatives--only the third such victory in postwar Italy. He garnered 707 of 990 votes, more than the two-thirds needed. To many, the easy win suggested that the center-right and center-left are ready to work together on reforming Italy's cumbersome political system.
October 16, 1998 |
Italy's ousted premier, Romano Prodi, gave up trying to form a new government and threw his support to a former Communist, Massimo D'Alema, after calling on President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro to say he had failed in two days of talks aimed at winning back the support of a majority of lawmakers. Prodi's center-left government fell Oct. 9 when he lost a vote of confidence in Parliament. "A heavy burden has been lifted from my shoulders," Prodi said, "but it was a burden I'd have like to have kept."