Rome voted, as did all of Italy, for Mayor, Council, and Regional governments. It was seen largely as a referendum on the new Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who barely squeaked in, and his Centre-left Coalition, which barely squeaked in with him.
The news is good. Veltroni’s back, and Centre-left won a big fat swack of districts. The centre-left also won Mayoral races in Turin and Naples, but lost in Milan. However, if this vote was a countrywide comment on Prodi and his bare-win of Italians Premiership, it’s safe to say he got a thumbs up.
And here’s Veltroni, giving his own thumbs up, which in Italy means “I’m going to kill you.”