Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Regime

If Italy re-elects Berlusconi, I'm moving to Canada:

Italy's president dissolved parliament on Wednesday, clearing the way for early elections just two years after the last parliamentary vote.

The Cabinet set the election date for April 13-14.

President Giorgio Napolitano made the decision after Premier Roman Prodi's center-left government fell late last month and subsequent efforts to form an interim government to change voting rules failed. [...]

Early elections represent a victory for Silvio Berlusconi, the conservative leader who has repeatedly demanded a return to the polls since the fall of Prodi's government.

Berlusconi has firmly rejected any possibility of an interim government. The 71-year-old former premier is hoping for a new stint in power as domestic opinion polls suggest his center-right coalition would win an early election. [emp. added]

Berlusconi is almost as hostile to liberal democratic principles as Dick Cheney. Think about that.

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