Ally deserts Italy coalition

Prime minister Prodi's government loses majority in upper house of parliament.

    Clemente Mastella says he now favours snap
    elections[AFP]

    At the time, Mastella said his party would provide "external" support to the government.
     
    Prodi's office had no immediate comment, but a government source said the prime minister had called crisis coalition talks for 9pm (2000 GMT).
     
    Weakened Prodi
     
    Prodi's government has had a rollercoaster ride since coming to power in May 2006, after the closest election in modern Italian history.
     
    Prodi, weakened by infighting in his Catholic-to-communist coalition, briefly tendered his resignation last year, but no major ally has previously withdrawn support altogether.
     
    The loss of Udeur means that his coalition can no longer count on a majority of elected politicians in the senate.
     
    Mastella's party has three seats in the senate, where Prodi had a two-seat majority.
     
    Prodi could still win key votes in the upper house with the support of seven unelected lifetime senators, but they have not yet guaranteed their support on any particular issue.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    All Hail The Algorithm

    All Hail The Algorithm

    A five-part series exploring the impact of algorithms on our everyday lives.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.