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Italy's 'suspended democracy'

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Now that Silvio Berlusconi is no longer Italy's prime minister, and has been replaced by Mario Monti, is Italy on the path to recovery?

Paolo Guzzanti, an independent socialist MP in Rome, believes that Italy's new government has created a "suspended democracy" as the government isn't composed of politicans who have been voted in.

The former editor of the Financial Times, Andrew Gowers, believes Mario Monti is a "tough guy" and could therefore potentially survive until the end of the planned legislative session in 2013.

He adds that technocratic governments aren't "completely alien" to Italians and the "sense of despair" in the streets makes people feel the need someone with a vision for Italy's economic future which Marion Monti "certainly has".


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