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Pizza delivers threat to Italian election

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It sounds like a joke headline, but it’s not.

The Italian election could be delayed because of a man called Giuseppe Pizza.

With less than two weeks until polling day, he succeeded in getting a court to overturn a decision to ban his Christian Democrat (DC) party from running. He had initially been banned from the election because the symbol of his tiny party – which appears on ballot papers – looked too similar to that of the larger Union of Christian Democrat (UDC) party.
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The government hopes a higher court will overturn the appeal early next week. If it does not, the election could be delayed, Interior Minister Giuliano Amato has said. Both main contenders, Silvio Berlusconi and Walter Veltroni, want the vote to take place on schedule.

While the blip in proceedings has frustrated the main parties, it has injected a note of curiosity into what had been a strikingly dull campaign. And the fact the protagonist is named after Italy’s most famous food proved irresistible to journalists.

“Pizza’s Italy is a capricciosa (capricious one), poorly raised and badly baked — it lands on your stomach and stays there blocking everything,” said La Republicca, saying it was obligatory to play with the metaphor.

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Il Messaggero punned on the word “bufala”, which is Italian for the best buffalo mozzarella used on pizza but is also slang for a blunder. It compared the electorally puny DC to an anchovy, whereas the mighty Christian Democratic party which dominated post-war Italy unill the early 1990s was known as the White Whale.

Anti-immigration party seeks rights for ‘native Italians’

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If you believe the latest poster from the Northern League, Italians face the same fate as Native Americans if they do not keep illegal immigration in check.

The poster, plastered across Milan, located in the northern heartland of this populist party, shows a picture a man wearing the traditional feathered headgear of a tribal chief.

Faccia dopo faccia: occasione persa, per i giornalisti

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veltroni.jpg Il ‘faccia dopo faccia’ televisivo di Berlusconi e Veltroni nella serata di ieri era inevitabilmente, ancora prima di svolgersi, un’occasione perduta? La scelta del leader del Pdl, in vantaggio nei sondaggi, di non confrontarsi direttamente con il suo rivale ha inibito in partenza qualsiasi possibilità di rendere la trasmissione interessante per gli elettori?

I paletti posti dalla par condicio rendono di per sé impossibile un evento politico di vero confronto ?

A voting booth is not a phone booth, Italy rules

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Italians can rarely be seen without their mobile phones, but the government has ruled they will not be allowed to take them into the polling stations on April 13-14.

The ruling is not to stop voters annoying their neighbours by shouting out: “I’m in the polling station!” but rather to prevent people selling their votes.

Il comizio stanca

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Non sono solo le foto di Oliviero Toscani a stupire. Talvolta lo sono anche le sue parole e quando, ieri sera a “Niente di personale” su La7, ha dichiarato che – lui, elettore radicale da sempre – non andrà a votare nello studio s’è creato un attimo di silenzio, poi è partito addirittura un applauso. Se qualcuno dice che queste elezioni non entusiasmano, che il dibattito fa sonnecchiare, scoppia l’applauso. A 40 anni dal “tutto è politica” gridato nelle strade dai manifestanti del ’68, la politica annoia, anche se in scena c’è uno scontro elettorale fuori ordinanza.

Non deve stupire quindi se domenica il numero 2 del Pdl Gianfranco Fini ha licenziato in tronco i vertici siciliani del suo partito dopo essersi trovare a fare un comizio Fini in recent picturea Palermo in una sala semivuota.
La politica stanca, e il tema sta diventando un ritornello anche sulla stampa. Ha iniziato domenica Avvenire che ha lanciato l’”allarme” di un possibile astensionismo record. Ha proseguito il critico televisivo del Corriere della sera Aldo Grasso che ha parlato dei bassissimi livelli di audience delle Tribune politiche e dei dibattiti politici in tv. Ha proseguito oggi il quotidiano Il Foglio, il cui direttore Giuliano Ferrara è impegnato direttamente in campagna elettorale alla guida di una lista anti-aborto che rischia di sparire addirittura dalle cronache non per censura, ma per disinteresse generale: “Il voto sarà anche utile, ma la campagna elettorale è vuota”, ha titolato.

from Africa News blog:

Zimbabwe: Long wait for the people’s verdict

Why are we still waiting for Zimbabwe's election results? If you believe the opposition and President Robert Mugabe's Western foes then it is because there is rigging afoot.

Certainly votes emerged more quickly after past elections. And in a normal ballot you would expect the emergence of results over time to follow some sort of bell curve -- first a few, then a rush that builds to a crescendo before dropping back. From Zimbabwe it has been much more an irregular drip. Could it be that the electoral commission just can't work any more quickly and the conspiracy theories and rumours flying around are rubbish?

from Africa News blog:

Zimbabwe: Long wait for the people’s verdict

Why are we still waiting for Zimbabwe's election results? If you believe the opposition and President Robert Mugabe's Western foes then it is because there is rigging afoot.

Certainly votes emerged more quickly after past elections. And in a normal ballot you would expect the emergence of results over time to follow some sort of bell curve -- first a few, then a rush that builds to a crescendo before dropping back. From Zimbabwe it has been much more an irregular drip. Could it be that the electoral commission just can't work any more quickly and the conspiracy theories and rumours flying around are rubbish?

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