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The right splits on Afghanistan

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Four or five additional helicopters and an unspecified number of armoured veichles. These are the reinforcements that will be sent to Italy’s troops in Afghanistan, as decided by the Supreme Defense Council chaired by Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano which, in an official statement, acknowledged that their mission%0D could take longer than expected. Foreign Minister Massimo D’alema, during his visit in Rabat, has confirmed that the cabinet will shortly take steps to reinforce Italy’s contingent in Afghanistan but refused to elaborate on the figures.

After the vote on Afghanistan, the electoral reform has also returned to the top of both the government and the opposition’s political agenda.

At a meeting in Arcore, at Forza Italia Leader Silvio Berlusconi’s home, the rightist parties have apparently reached a common starting position, constituted by a draft formulated by Roberto Calderoli’s (Lega Nord), while Alleanza Nazionale keeps pushing for the referendum option.

The opposition is also busy deciding the fate of Pier Ferdinando Casini’s UDC role in the coalition, after the split represented by its decision to vote the refinancing of the military mission along with the majority despite the right’s decision to abstain. 

Despite the pressure by Lega Nord, whose representatives have substantially declared to already consider UDC a political adversary, it seems unlikely that the less radical components of the right will let Casini’s party slip away of its orbit and into the left’s, in a political scene where every single vote in the parliament can mean victory or defeat.


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