Center-left leader unanimously elected by Italy’s lower house of Parliament

March 16, 2013 | By More

ROME (AP) — Italy’s lower house of Parliament has elected a center-left candidate as its new leader, and now waits for the Senate to choose one so that talks can begin on forming a government for the eurozone’s third-largest economy.

Laura Boldrini, a former spokeswoman in Italy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, won 327 votes Saturday to secure a majority in the lower house. The Senate, meanwhile, failed to elect its leader in a third round of voting.

Parliament convened Friday for the first time since a February election that gave no party a clear victory. The stalemate has raised the possibility of new election, boding badly for Italy’s efforts to pass tough reforms needed to snuff out its economic crisis.


Associated press coordinator for Human Rights Observers – Ignacio Damigo Cardo, reports from Europe


Category: European Crises

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