The recent general elections moved Italy closer to a two-party political system. Weary of the factionalism and backbiting of the previous centre-left administration, Italian voters opted for the stability that only media mogul, Silvio Berlusconi could provide.
Berlusconi's alliance won about 47 percent in both houses of Parliament
Even though Walter Veltroni's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) came out a loser at the elections, the PD is still the second largest party in parliament and boasts a rise in voters since 2006. Veltroni ally Italy of Values (IDV), led by former anti-corruption prosecutor Antonio Di Pietro, is the fifth biggest party, winning 4.4 percent.
Veltroni expected to head the opposition, will try to consolidate power across the center-left and gain support from the smaller political parties in the streamlined Parliament, now composed of only six parties; there were 26 last term.