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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Paolo Segatti
The resignations of four Italian Cabinet members Monday threw Rome once again into political chaos, as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prepared for a confidence vote he is likely to lose and the early elections that would follow.
"This is an open-ended crisis - 'una crisi al buio,' as we say in Italian - meaning that no actor knows which scenario is more likely," said Paolo Segatti, a political science professor at the University of Milan, stressing that the major political players preferred to bypass elections if they could get a new government on their terms.
Mr. Segatti said the Northern League, Mr. Berlusconi's junior coalition partner, "is becoming the crucial player."