Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi Resigns
Posted on May 2, 2006
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi officially resigned today after weeks of refusing to concede defeat in April 9-10 elections. Berlusconi, the largest media owner in Italy, has had a stranglehold on the country’s media, but even an all-out television blitz could not convince the public to ignore a failing economy, which the new center-left government must now revive.
The Washington Post:
Italian Leader Berlusconi Resigns
By ALESSANDRA RIZZO
The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 2, 2006; 8:56 AM
ROME—Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the longest-serving leader in postwar Italy, resigned Tuesday to make way for a center-left government led by Romano Prodi that must re-energize a moribund economy.
President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi asked Berlusconi to remain on as caretaker prime minister during their 30-minute meeting at the Quirinale Palace.