Monday in the Chamber, Tuesday in Palazzo Madama. The premier can gain confidence, even after Iv’s snatch, but he does not extend the boundaries of the majority. And political Vietnam risks
Giuseppe Conte has provided more and more stammering illustrations of his work, promising everything with ever greater vagueness, and saying only at the last reply that without the numbers he would have been ready to “go home”. Pure contrast: no subcontractor or transversal or diversionary maneuvers, no political leaven to build maneuvers, to imagine a first half, a third half, a twelfth round. The lexical precautions, stuff of other times: in comparison, someone like Pier Ferdinando Casini seemed like a giant.
As for the numbers, a highly anticipated measure of all things in the absence of better, it ended 156 to 140 after the thrill of a 321 yes in the House on Monday evening, five more than the absolute majority of 316, thanks to 4 votes from former M5S and one from Fi Renata Polverini, before a series of Azzurri supporters, according to the prevailing explanation about the future majority of the Conte government. This time in the Senate the surprise was made by Riccardo Nencini of the New PSI-Italia alive and the former M5S Lillo Ciampolillo, who entered with their yeses practically with the ballot box closed, and two other Azzurri: Maria Rosaria Rossi, once called “caregiver” of Silvio Berlusconi, and Andrea Causin from Veneto. Both voted yes to the government and were promptly proclaimed “out of the party” by Antonio Tajani, number two of Fi, who also specified how, in this way, Conte cannot govern especially in commissions where, with the numbers reduced to scale, such a small difference between majority and opposition leads to stalemate.
Twists, none. After having meditated until the last, he called the vote against, which however would have split the party, Renzi confirmed the abstention of the Italia viva group. Three former M5S senators voted “no” by surprise, meaning unexpected landslides in that party as well. Conte has thus remained just above the line of survival, with a nightmare-gathering majority. The operation responsible, constructors, willing, has not taken off so far, and this despite the fact that the premier in the classroom has appealed to everyone (liberals, popular, socialists), mentioned for the first time in history the “Italian union” and promised everything : the proportional law, the protection of autonomy, the chair of the Minister of Agriculture for those who want it, a new majority pact, the single allowance for the new born.
Conte survives, therefore, but these cannot be the conditions for a long life: he lacks a parliamentary majority based on a clear political agreement, the one that the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, had asked him a week ago. And, with such a narrow gap in the Senate, they risk missing even the numbers. But the reinforcements could arrive, in the complicated joint between the armchairs and the promises, between a reshuffle and that proportional law that a piece of center-right (not Salvinian) sees as light at the end of the tunnel.
Source: Rss l'Espresso by espresso.repubblica.it.
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