Parliamentary Groups from the 13th to 14th Legislatures: Towards Majoritarian Stability?

in Volume 17 (2002): Issue 1 (Sep 2002): The Return of Berlusconi. Guest Editors: Paolo Bellucci and Martin Bull
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Although the end of voting on the night of 13 May 2001 was not

accompanied by the same agonising wait that had preceded the

victory of the Ulivo (Olive Tree Coalition) five years earlier, it was

undoubtedly agitated. The margin of advantage that the exit poll

assured the Casa delle Libertà (CDL, House of Freedoms) constituted

a sufficient guarantee to go out on the streets or go to bed

with a reasonable certainty of finding a majoritarian parliament a

few weeks later, this meaning a considerable increase in terms of

seats following the superiority of votes already secured by the centre

right coalition.