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  Election Resources on the Internet: Elections to the Italian Parliament
Senate elections were held under a system in which three-quarters of the seats were filled in single-member constituencies, provided the winning candidate received at least sixty-five percent of the constituency vote; this requirement did not apply to the Valle d'Aosta Senate seat election, which was carried out by plurality voting.
Seventy-seven percent of the Italian electorate took part in the vote, in which a proposal to repeal the sixty-five percent constituency threshold for Senate elections was overwhelmingly approved, with 82.7% of the valid vote.
In the election, held on April 21, 1996, the Olive Tree secured a narrow majority of seats in the Chamber of Deputies, and a somewhat larger majority in the Senate.
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 SSPX's General Chapter Elections Results   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
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 Italian general election, 2006 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the Italian general election, 2006 for the renewal of the two Chambers of the Parliament of Italy held on April 9 and April 10, 2006 the incumbent prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the center-right House of Freedoms, was narrowly defeated by Romano Prodi, leader of the center-left The Union.
Liberal and libertarian movement, composed by the Italian Democratic Socialists of Enrico Boselli and the Italian Radicals of Daniele Capezzone.
Since 1994 general election and through the 2001 general election, Italy had a mixed electoral system, with 75% of the seats assigned through a plurality voting system, and 25% through a proportional one.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Italian_general_election,_2006   (5476 words)

 FT.com / In depth - Religious issues colour Italian election build-up   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Still, some centre-left Italian strategists fret that the Vatican's opposition may harm the opposition's chances by causing the defection of Catholic voters in what could be a close election.
But when Italians went to the polls in 2001, Catholics shifted towards eventual winner Silvio Berlusconi and the centre-right coalition with which he is now seeking re-election.
Although the number of church-going Italians has risen to almost 40 per cent from 31 per cent in 1981, it is hard for the Church to offer even a coded endorsement of the centre-right or centre-left when its own faithful are divided in their political loyalties.
www.ft.com /cms/s/56e78388-6790-11da-a650-0000779e2340.html   (742 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Italian leaders use old scripts for new election
ROME –; Any Rip Van Winkle who nodded off ahead of the last Italian general election in 2001 could be forgiven for thinking that time has stood still listening to the rhetoric in the run up to the April 2006 vote.
Italian industry continues its relentless decline, public debt weighs oppressively on state finances, business life remains stifled by red tape, the population keeps ageing and state airliner Alitalia defies gravity to stay in the skies.
The official election campaign does not begin for several weeks and the opening shots of the unofficial campaign have been short of substance, with neither side presenting a manifesto.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20051201-0907-italy-election.html   (791 words)

 New Thai election overseer says general election must be postponed, probably to November - iht,asia,Thailand Election - ...
Thailand had a general election on April 2, which was won by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai Party but boycotted by the three opposition parties in parliament, with millions of voters marking an abstention box on their ballots as a protest against the prime minister.
He called the election three years ahead of schedule in a bid to defuse protests calling for him to step down because of alleged corruption and abuse of power.
The new members of the Election Commission replaced the five previous commissioners, three of whom resigned after being sentenced to four years in prison for carrying out their duties illegally during the April polls.
www.iht.com /articles/ap/2006/09/14/asia/AS_GEN_Thailand_Election.php   (563 words)

 Education Resources » Current events
The Italian Supreme Court has confirmed the victory of centre-left opposition candidate Romano Prodi in last week’s contested Italian general election, 2006, dismissing complaints by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that the vote was marred by irregularities.
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Italian general election, 2006: Romano Prodi declares victory in a tight election as preliminary results show The Union ahead of Silvio Berlusconi’s House of Freedoms by 0.1 percent in the Chamber of Deputies, but Berlusconi refuses to concede.
www.thecatalyst.org /resource/2006/04/21/Current-events   (4727 words)

 Italy Election Preview - Council on Foreign Relations
Carol Mershon, associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia and former president of the Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, says the system is controversial because many Italians consider the majority bonus, which would strengthen the winning coalition, as contrary to their belief in "a diversity of opinion" within the parliament.
There's a general consensus that Prodi was the clear winner of the March 14 debate, though the winner of the second and last debate on April 3 was less certain.
Mershon says "the overarching continuity in Italian foreign policy from the late 1940s on is that Italy is a loyal ally of the United States." She points out that when Prodi was Italy's prime minister from 1996 to 1998, Italy was also an ally.
www.cfr.org /publication/10387/italy_election_preview.html   (1715 words)

 CHP: City On A Hill Press   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
General elections held Apr. 9 and 10 showed a razor-thin majority for Prodi’s coalition of center-left parties, Unione (Union), which won a 49.8 percent stake in Italy’s 630-seat lower house, the Chamber of Deputies.
The elections for Italy’s 315-seat upper house, the Senate, which does not employ the majority premium system used in the Chamber of Deputies, revealed a 158-156 split, with Prodi’s Union bloc taking the majority of seats.
This group’s inclusion proved to be a decisive blow to Berlusconi’s election hopes as, without the expatriate vote, his center-right Casa Delle Liberta (House of Freedoms) bloc would have won 155 seats in the Senate compared to 154 seats for Prodi’s coalition.
chp.ucsc.edu /paper/world/election_drama_italy.txt?40_24   (737 words)

 Italian general election | The Socialist 13 - 19 April 2006
Under the new election laws, pushed through by Berlusconi's government towards the end of its life, any majority gives the winning coalition 55% of the seats in the lower house or Chamber of Deputies.
The wafer-thin majority must be blamed partly on the lack-lustre figure of Romano Prodi himself but mainly on the failure to put forward convincing policies to stop privatisations and to make the bosses pay for the crisis in their system.
Prodi has studiously avoided making promises to workers and the new generation of students and youth who feel they have been left to rot in a sea of precarious jobs, scant public welfare benefits and major threats to pension rights.
www.socialistparty.org.uk /2006/435/pp9b.htm   (932 words)

 IFES Election Guide - Country Profile: Italy - Elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Under Italian law, the President is elected by a college of 1,010 grand electors which brings together all members of the Parliament and representatives of 20 local regional governments.
Italians return to polls in the second day of elections that could see the ousting of leader Silvio Berlusconi.
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi and his general election opponent Romano Prodi square off in a live TV debate.
www.electionguide.org /country-news.php?ID=107   (1131 words)

 BBC NEWS | Europe | Q&A: Italian poll aftermath
It is the first time Italian expatriates have been able to elect their own representatives and their political allegiance is now under intense scrutiny.
Mr Prodi beat Mr Berlusconi in a general election in 1996, and the disparate group of left-wing parties that come under the Union's umbrella hope he can pull off the same trick this time.
Italian manufacturers are being hit hard by competition from East Asian exporters; the country's budget deficit remains in breach of EU rules; unemployment among the young remains stubbornly high; household debt is rising.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/4812794.stm   (1063 words)

 CNN.com - Italy:¬†Prodi claims¬†poll victory - Apr 11, 2006
Before the election, he said that if Italians voted for the coalition represented by Prodi, they would be voting for communists.
The interior ministry said turnout at the election was 83.6 percent against 81.4 percent in 2001.
About 47 million Italians were eligible to vote in the first parliamentary elections in which nearly 3 million Italians living abroad were able to cast ballots from the countries where they live.
www.cnn.com /2006/WORLD/europe/04/10/italy.elections/index.html   (953 words)

 Italian general election 2006
In addition, in December 2005, just a few months before the general election, the government brought about a change in the election laws through the parliament thanks to its majority in both houses in the hope to profit from it - but the changes were in vain.
After the election he went as far as to suggest that, because of "manipulations", "irregularities and errors", the electoral result "had to change".
Furthermore, Berlusconi's economic record is far from convincing: The Italian state deficit has increased, privatization has almost come to a halt and, as a consequence, the national debt is at a risk to reach the record height of 108% of GDP in 2006.
cosmopolis.ch /english/politics/71/italian_general_election_2006.htm   (1645 words)

 Election Resources on the Internet: Western Europe
Elections to the Senate of the Republic - Italy - in Italian
Elections to the Dutch Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives)
Elections to the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic
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 Election cliffhanger grips Italy
Italy's general election is turning into an extremely close race, with early results pointing to a slender lead for PM Silvio Berlusconi.
Correspondents say exit polls in previous Italian elections have often turned out to be inaccurate.
That could result in a fresh election, as a "grand coalition" of left and right would be hard to put together after such a bitter campaign, analysts say.
prisonplanet.com /articles/april2006/100406_b_Election.htm   (534 words)

 The BBQ General: June 2006 Archives
The General suggests you try it at home, but he also suggests that you go to your local location and see if all of the Carrabba restaurants are as generous with their time.
The General has had to endure some jokes by TLW and friends as he has not been fishing off of our bank since all of the news reports of alligator attacks...guess I will have to wait for "mating season" to be over.
The General thought he had all his options covered until I found a new way to prepare it while visiting with our chef friend Larry L yesterday as he was prepping for a party that evening.
www.bbqgeneral.com /archives/2006/06   (4865 words)

 CNN.com - World News: Election Watch
The last elections for both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies were held on May 13, 2001.
In this election, 6 senators and 12 deputies are, for the first time, elected by Italian citizens residing abroad.
Before that, 75% of the seats in the Italian parliament were allocated through elections in single-member constituencies and 25% were allocated through proportional representation.
edition.cnn.com /WORLD/election.watch/europe/italy5.html   (445 words)

 2006 Fashion Italian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
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Italian general election, 2006 - In the Italian general election, 2006 for the renewal of the two Chambers of the Parliament of Italy held on April 9 and April 10, 2006 the incumbent prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the center-right House of Freedoms, was narrowly defeated by Romano Prodi, leader...
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 Italian elections - A hung parliament will prepare new explosions
The total sum of the votes of the PRC, the PDCI (the Party of the Italian Communists) and the Greens was more than the votes received by the “Margherita” (the main bourgeois party in the “Unione”;).
Throughout the whole election campaign, the PRC hardly differentiated itself from the rest of the coalition.
However, the “good result” of the joint list in these elections, at least in the Lower Chamber, means that there will be increased pressure on the leaders of the DS to go down this road.
www.marxist.com /italian-elections-hung-parliament120406.htm   (2156 words)

 RTE News - 52% turn out in Italian general election
Italian officials said that by 6pm tonight, turnout was 52.1%, compared to 59% at the last parliamentary ballot in 2001.
Support for the prime minister has fallen in the past two years and recent opinion polls suggest he will be defeated in the election.
The campaign was marked by acrimony, with Mr Berlusconi using vulgar language to describe left-wing voters and Mr Prodi likening him to a drunkard.
www.rte.ie /news/2006/0409/italy.html?rss   (247 words)

 Italian American Museum
The Italian American Museum is dedicated to exploring the rich cultural heritage of Italy and Italian Americans by presenting the individual and collective struggles and achievements of Italians and their heirs to the American way of life.
The Italian American Museum is a cultural and educational institution promoting constructive pluralism by educating Americans to the heritage of Italian Americans and their European roots, values, language, and traditions.
The Italian American Museum received its Provisional Charter from the New York State Board of Regents on June 12, 2001 and is a 503 (c) 3.
www.italianamericanmuseum.org /news/gala.htm   (217 words)

 Polls to open for Italian general election
In 2001, the election took place over a single day, leaving scores of people still queuing up to vote hours after polling stations were due to close.
This means the elections could yield different majorities in the two branches, leading to a 'split parliament'.
For the first time, an estimated 3 million Italian expatriates have also been allowed to vote.
news.monstersandcritics.com /europe/printer_1153629.php   (439 words)

 The Anchoress » Election 2006
While the GOP certainly did all it could to lose the mid-term election, one cannot help but wonder if the Democrats would have won both houses were it not for the press helpfully playing up - and even distorting - some stories and playing down others.
Election day in Denver began with long lines, as computer problems appeared to make it difficult for workers at vote centers to check registrations against the master list.
The writing is about the 2004 election, but it can all be applied to this election to, both as regards the press making excuses for Kerry’s latest gaffe, and to the so-called “anti-incumbent” feeling the press tells us will destroy the GOP this year.
theanchoressonline.com /category/election-2006   (8841 words)

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