Fell three votes short (got 308, needed 311). If you like chaos and confusion, head for Rome.
Good food, too.
Actually I am headed there to get my macbook fixed. Weird to think of an entire set of countries that have played a Ponzi scheme on themselves.
My advice to our European friends: sell Euros, invest in canned food and shotgun shells; this is going to get ugly(er) in a hurry!
It wasn’t an actual confidence vote, and he won it. And a majority is 316 in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, not 311 (630 members). He didn’t need a majority to win the vote because more than half of the members abstained.
The vote was 308 in favour, 0 against, 321 abstaining.
And yes, chaos and confusion reign in Rome because Berlusconi clearly no longer has the confidence of the Chamber, even if the majority that opposes him abstained to let this particular vote pass.
But let’s not misinform people as to how Westminster-style government works, eh?
nice nit picking. it was a confidence vote as everybody there knew, it was a test to see if he still had his majority. the magic number was 311 and he lost by 3 votes. sheesh.
ROME – Premier Silvio Berlusconi promised Tuesday to resign after parliament passes economic reforms demanded by the European Union, capping a two-decade political career that has ended with Italy on the brink of being swept into Europe’s debt crisis.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano met for about an hour with Berlusconi after the premier lost his parliamentary majority during a routine vote earlier Tuesday. In a statement, Napolitano’s office said Berlusconi had promised during the meeting to resign once the economic reforms have passed parliament.
A vote on the measures is planned for next week.
does it really matter …the euro is gone.
just there is no one willing to say so. (at least not while some money remains in 401k’s that the pricks haven’t squeezed out)
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