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Title: ‘The Italian Parliamentary Elections of April 2008’
Authors: Guerra, Simona
Massetti, Emanuele
First Published: Jun-2008
Publisher: Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex
Citation: European Parties Elections and Referendums Network, Election briefing No. 41, 2008
Abstract: On 10 and 11 June 2008, just two years after the previous general election, the Italians were called again to the ballot boxes to elect a new Parliament. In contrast with the previous election, the results were clear and the Centre-Right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi won a solid majority of seats in both Houses of Parliament. This result confirmed the ‘hand-over rule’ established since the 1994 election: no government has ever been confirmed in office. The new Parliament was characterised by the presence of only six groups (including the mixed group) and by the absence, for the first time since 1948, of the communists, the socialists and the neofascists. Silvio Berlusconi and the new twenty-one ministers sworn in at the Quirinale on the 8th of May. [Taken from introduction]
Version: Publisher Version
Type: Internet Publication
Rights: Copyright © The Authors, 2008. The version available here is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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