Next month, on February 24th 2013, Italy will hold a general election to establish who is to become members of the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate and the two houses of the Italian parliament.
Previous president of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, resigned after the problems with the European sovereign debt Crisis as well as facing charges of a sex allegation with a prostitute who was underage. However, in December 2012, Berlusconi announced he was standing for president again for The People of Freedom Party. Soon after he announced this, The People of Freedom Party withdrew their support for government resulting in Mario Monti’s resignation as president of Italy – stating that he could not govern with a loss of support for his platform.
In the one year that Monti has been president unemployment in Italy has increased by 2%, there have been tax increases and spending cuts. In his time in office he controversially told the youthful Italians to change jobs often because staying in one job was monotonous – which was likely to have negative effects on the economy.
On 7th January 2013 an ally stated that Berlusconi will not stand for President even if his party win next month’s election, however Berlusconi did say that he may become the finance minister. Robert Maroni, an Italian Politician, stated that “the candidate for prime minister will not be Silvio Berlusconi. Silvio Berlusconi accepted the request to not stand as prime minister.” We will see what happens next month…
This is a very interesting election and one we recommend you all look out for and read up on. But, do not worry, we will be posting regular updates on this. What are your views? And do you agree/mind that Berlusconi is still involved with politics and potentially running for President of Italy?
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