Berlusconi may try to delay elections
Saturday 06 March 2010
The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called an emergency cabinet meeting yesterday to try to solve the chaos threatening his coalition's chances of success in regional elections this month.
After a fruitless meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday, Mr Berlusconi was left struggling to find a way to salvage the centre-right's chances in two crucial regions. Several politicians from Mr Berlusconi's People of Freedom coalition lost their place on the ballot list in Lombardy and Lazio because of irregularities in presenting their candidacies. Cabinet ministers said the government may pass a decree to ease the requirements for participation in the elections, forcing magistrates to reverse their decisions.
Some reports have said the government may even try to delay the vote, due on 28-29 March. The regional polls are seen as a test of national strength for Mr Berlusconi.
- 1 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 2 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
- 5 We have six months to save the world, says leading economist
California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
Sepp Blatter resigns: FBI are investigating outgoing Fifa president, claims report
Alton Towers crash: Four guests seriously injured as Smiler ride carriages collide
Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Trainee Vehicle Inspectors / Pu...
£12000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Trainee Vehicle Broker is req...
£12000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£16500 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...