Opinion Analysis

Monday 23 October 2017

Barry Moody: Turmoil as hero Monti shakes up political order

Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti
Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti

Barry Moody in Rome

The remarkable success of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, feted as a hero both at home and abroad, has created turmoil among Italy's discredited politicians and is likely to provoke radical shifts in the political landscape over the coming year.

Some analysts say the impact of Mr Monti will spark a political revolution comparable to the "Clean Hands" corruption probe -- its 20th anniversary is this week.

That scandal swept away the old order, sending hundreds of politicians to jail and forcing Bettino Craxi, the dominant figure of his era, into exile in Tunisia, where he died.

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