Italian elections 2013: A nation at a crossroads [Archived]


Italians head to the polls on 24-25 February to replace a technocratic government charged with halting the country’s economic and fiscal decline. But after wearying months of austerity and instability, voters appeared to have no clear favourite among familiar faces as well as wildcard candidates. EurActiv Italia reports.

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On 21 December 2012, Mario Monti resigned as Prime Minister due to the withdrawal of coalition endorsement from the centre-right People of Freedom party. With waning support for the technocratic Monti Cabinet and the dissolution of Parliament, the Italian constitution required that elections be held within 70 days.

Based on proportional representation and 26 electoral districts for the Chamber of Deputies and 20 regions for the  Senate, Italy will elect 945 members into the lower and upper houses of parliament.

As a result of the Electoral Law 270, introduced by then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2005, the coalition which wins a majority of votes within an individual region is guaranteed 55% of the seats that region is entitled to in the Senate. Similarly, as a result of ‘electoral prizes’, the coalition that obtains a majority of the votes on a national basis is automatically guaranteed an absolute majority of 340 seats (out of 630) in the Chamber of Deputies.

The main candidates are:

  • Pier Luigi Bersani, who heads the centre-left Bene Commune (Common Good) coalition
  • Silvio Berlusconi, head of the centre-right Il Popolo della Libertà (the People of Freedom)
  • Beppe Grillo, Movimento 5 Stelle (Five Star Movement)
  • Mario Monti, who heads the centrist Con Monti per l’Italia (With Monti for Italy) coalition


Emanuele's picture

This is not completely correct, Beppe Grillo is just founder and testimonial of the movement, not a candidate.

Henry's picture

Italy can never be ruled, sugest it be divided into North, central and south. Each have its PM but they will work togather for a better Italy. There are great differances that no present PM can satisfy the whole of Italy.