An Italian Government Falls, Again

Italy's electoral law made Prime Minister Romano Prodi's resignation all but inevitable. He may return, but either way, reform is likely

Italian Senator Ferdinando Rossi was shunned by coalition comrades in the Senate lunch room after casting one of the two votes on Feb. 21 that brought down the nine-month-old government of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Rossi, a member of one of two communist parties included in Prodi's nine-party coalition government, voted against the government's foreign policy program, including its plan to keep Italian troops in Afghanistan. The embarrassing parliamentary defeat forced Prodi to resign.

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