Despite the Grand Electors of the centre-right - the Berlusconi coalition and the Regions of the Right, withdrawing from the Chamber without voting, Romano Prodi has been humbled by the Bersani faction of the Democratic Party acting as if they are the Communist Party of Italy using all the tactics that belonged with that Party.
While the Five Star Movement and Monti's Scelta Civica voted for their nominees in disciplined fashion, over 50 Democrats broke ranks, voting for Rodota', Cancellieri, and D'Alema as well.
Will Pierluigi Bersani finally resign after his second imposed candidate fails even to get a simple majority?
Romano Prodi has withdrawn his candidacy for the Presidency.
Romano Prodi has now called for the resignation of Bersani, reports La Repubblica:
"Chi mi ha portato a questa decisione deve farsi carico delle sue responsabilità." ["Those who brought me to this decision must bear their responsibilities."]
Romano Prodi was the founder of the centre-left Partito Democratico.