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Italians are looking forward to the end of this campaign. They are impatient to decide who will govern their country for the next five years — even though they can't stand their privileged, unaccountable, inconclusive, and onerous politicians. These politicians are also referred to as "The Caste", and they represent the same old faces of the past.
The electorate is exhausted and bored. It has been a flabby campaign without any debate over proposals. No TV spots and no face-to-face debates, which were banned by the absurd "Par Condicio" Act. Italians are numbed by a dangerous cocktail of resignation and generic fear of the future. They can't derive hope from an effectual government. This means that many Italians will probably desert the polls on April 13-14 — perhaps many more than did so in the 2006 election.
The challenge for Chigi Palace, the House of Italian government, is between Silvio Berlusconi and Walter Veltroni. If Mr. Berlusconi wins, he will be Prime Minister for the third time.
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