Berlusconi loses Milan, Naples elections


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From CNN:

Berlusconi‘s coalition suffers defeat in Milan, Naples elections

By Hada Messia, CNN

May 30, 2011 — Updated 1724 GMT (0124 HKT)

Rome — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi‘s ruling coalition has suffered a major defeat in local elections in Milan and Naples, with voters backing left-wing candidates in both cities.

Milan’s turn to the left is a powerful setback for Berlusconi. Milan is his hometown and his political stronghold, and it has been led by a center-right mayor for the past two decades

In Milan, official voting results issued Monday by the Italian Interior Ministry gave the left-wing candidate, Giuliano Pisapia, about 55% of the vote over the incumbent mayor and center-right candidate Letizia Moratti, who had nearly 45% in Sunday’s balloting. In Naples the left-wing candidate, Lugi

sic; Luigi

De Magistris, was winning with 65% of the vote against the 34% of the center-right candidate, Gianni Lettieri. Whichever candidate winds up with more than 51% wins becomes the new major.

Supporters of leading candidates in both Milan and Naples began celebrating their apparent victories even before the final official voting count was over.

Political analysts have said that these local elections were a referendum on the Italian premier, who has been battling to hold his coalition together over the past six months as he fought various corruption trials, as well as a current trial in which he faces charges of abuse of power and prostitution with an underage teenager. That trial resumes tomorrow in Milan.

The voting was the second round of the process. The shock, many say, came two weeks ago, May 14 and 15, when the first ballot round took place and it became clear that his hometown had been lost or was at serious risk.

The Italian premier was on a two-day visit to Romania on Monday and had not released any comments on the election results, But many of his party members, including a minister, have said that this is a time for reflection.

An editorial in Italian leading newspaper, Corriere della Sera, Monday summed it up:

“The premier has already faced the worst-case scenario. His party looses in Milan and in Naples. A double blow with strong political consequences, both real and of the country’s image. Is he worried? They (his political aides) assure us NO. or at least, no more. ….his mind is already in tomorrow.”

Naples is traditionally Rightist rather than Leftist. Even before Berlusconi entered politics, the monarchists and neo-fascists used to be stronger there than in the rest of Italy. That a Rightist candidate now loses 34% to 65% is a big blow for the Right.

The Italian left is being remade: here.

Bye Bye Bunga-Bunga: Italy Prepares for the Post-Berlusconi Era: here.

16 thoughts on “Berlusconi loses Milan, Naples elections

  1. Trentadue, dicesi trentadue, dirigenti esterni del Comune di Milano, assunti non si sa bene con che criteri e meriti, ma soprattutto per chiamata diretta dall’ex-sindaco Letizia Moratti, hanno ricevuto una lettera di licenziamento da parte del nuovo Sindaco, per due ottime ragioni: il Comune ha già personale qualificato (assunto per concorso pubblico, sulla base dei criteri fissati dalla legge) che può svolgere le loro funzioni; i loro stipendi da migliaia di euro al mese non sono sostenibili nel nuovo piano di austerity per ripianare il buco nero dei conti lasciato dal centrodestra.

    Ebbene, direte voi, che c’è di male? Tutto, a quanto pare. A montare il caso è il Giornale di Sallusti, che per penna di Andrea Indini raccoglie la denuncia dell’ex-assessore allo sport Alan Rizzi, già famoso alle cronache per la di lui madre che si era inventata un’aggressione ai suoi danni da parte di supporter di Pisapia poco prima del ballottaggio.

    “Si tratta di una ritorsione non giustificata nei confronti di professionisti che hanno lavorato al servizio di Milano e che, in questo modo, vengono invece giudicati solo perché `colpevoli’ di aver lavorato con il sindaco Moratti.”, afferma senza vergogna Rizzi. Ma la parte comica la mette in scena Indini, che scrive: “Si temono le purghe, un vero e proprio colpo di mano che ha poco a che fare con lo spoil system.”

    Probabilmente a riferirgli di questa preoccupazione sarà stata Francesca Cassani, sistemata all’Ufficio Stampa del Comune dalla Moratti, ovvero SUA MOGLIE.

    Una volta c’erano le leggi ad personam. Ora ci sono i pezzi di giornale ad mulierem.

    mirkoguevara

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