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Italian PM survival triggers different reactions

12-15-2010 09:17 BJT

by Silvia Marchetti

ROME, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's narrow victory on Tuesday in the double vote of confidence in parliament has triggered different reactions among party groups.

"With such a parliamentary scenario it's impossible for Berlusconi to keep on governing," Ludovio Vico, a member of the leading opposition Democratic Party in the House, told Xinhua.

"The government's survival depended upon just three votes of advantage and it will continue to be so each day every time the cabinet will ask to vote its law decrees and bills," he observed.

The first test is set for Wednesday, Vico said.

"The parliament will express itself on two crucial decrees. One regards the distribution of additional financial resources for the country's economic revival which have been left out of the national budget plan approved last week," he said.

"The second refers to new measures to be implemented for tackling Naples' waste crisis. Both are very important but like today's vote of confidence, who knows what may happen: Berlusconi might secure the necessary votes or he may lose."

The point is, how can Italy rely on an "unstable majority" that may change at each vote, Vico said.

"But moreover, how can Italy rely on someone like Berlusconi," he added, stressing that the premier's permanence as the head of the government stood as a major risk for the country's future.

"Berlusconi has succeeded but his narrow victory is ephemerous, weak. It is based on illegal vote-buying techniques and continuous delegitimization of public institutions and authorities. He will go no where," noted Vico.

The general feeling among opposition MPs is that the government 's definite fall has just been postponed, thus further lingering the ailing of Italian politics. A feeling of uncertainty is also felt by members of Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.

Daniela Santache, one of Berlusconi's closest supporters, used to belong to the party of his former allies. But when House Speaker Gianfrano Fini decided to break away from the prime minister, instead of following him she preferred to swear loyalty to Berlusconi.

In her view, securing the vote of confidence represents a " great result" that officially proves the government's final victory after months of political turmoil inside the majority.

"Today was a lucky day: I have always been optimist and confident that we would win, I never doubted it. We have defeated our enemies and for a while they will keep their mouths shut," she said.

But she knows the troubles are far from being solved and that the fate of the government is unpredictable. "For the time being Berlusconi has won the confidence vote. This is today's breaking news and tomorrow is another day, we will see what happens," she said.

On the future of the government, she said it was very important to open up to all moderates.

"In his speech on Monday the premier invited them to join him in building a solid coalition of moderates and I believe this is the best solution in strengthening the government and paving the way to a new, modern right."

"I really hope Italian moderates will consider Berlusconi's appeal for the benefit of the entire country," said Santache.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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