Election in Italy: another close one
I see a trend here, although it's not one I claim to understand: the Italian election is another cliff-hanger, too close to form a clear majority and give a clear mandate:
Final results showed Prodi's alliance taking control of the Chamber, winning by a margin of just 25,224 out of more than 38 million votes cast. Berlusconi's coalition held a one-seat lead in the Senate, with the results of six seats for Italians living abroad to be determined later today.
Shades of Germany last fall:
The outcome of the Italian vote has parallels with the inconclusive election result in Germany in September. Christian Democrat Angela Merkel eventually formed a ``grand coalition'' with the Social Democrats after two months of talks which led to outgoing Social Democrat Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's retirement from politics.
Our last two Presidential elections were rather close, too, as you might recall.
What does it mean? Beats me. A sort of equal-opportunity disillusionment with all parties?