April 15, 2008
Italian elections: quick update
Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition (People of Liberty and Northern League) has the absolute majority in the Senate. The Italian regions have assigned 171 seats: 144 to the People of Liberty; 25 to the Northern League; 2 to the Mpa (sort of Southern League). So the Northern League will be decisive. Six others senators will be assigned by foreign voters. As for the opposition, the Democratic Party has 116 seats; the Italia dei Valori Party 14; the Udc (Christian democrats) 3; the Svp (Sud-Tiroler Volkspartei ) 2; the 'Lista Svp-Insieme per le autonomie' 2; the List Vallee d'Aoste 1.