After two and a half hours, the three center-right leaders walked out of a meeting at Grazioli palace. They boasted they reached an agreement. Whether they truly agree is still not understood today — and may not even be tomorrow when the Senate votes.
While there are very few doubts the Senate speaker role will be assigned to a Forza Italia (FI) member, doubts do loom over the candidate the party put forward: Paolo Romani. The 5 Star Movement (M5S) declared they will not vote for him. The risk is that turncoat and Lega MPs might sabotage his appointment. And we might not even get to that stage. “We must get to names and surnames everyone agrees on,” Salvini said. His words sounds like a de profundis for Romani’s candidacy.
During the morning meeting Berlusconi and a guest ushered in by Ghedini (FI), Salvini and Giorgetti (La Lega) and Giorgia Meloni and La Russa (Fratelli d’Italia), agreed on a straightforward division: FI will appoint the Senate speaker, while La Lega will obtain the presidency of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region (northeast Italy), kicking FI’s Tondo out. But most of all, La Lega’s leader cashed in the guarantee he will remain the center-right’s PM candidate, with no strings attached. This means he will hold all the cards in the important days after Easter, both in case he manages to form a government and in case he does not — which is more likely.