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Old 04-09-2006, 03:42 PM   #16
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Here's the latest on the Italian elections. In a little bit I'm going to call my niece. She hopes Berlusconi gets clobbered.

ROME - The AP and AFP


Italians got a break from bitter political rhetoric on Saturday, a day before general elections and at the end of a divisive race that was largely consumed by mudslinging.

"Finally it's over, we vote," headlined moderate daily La Stampa.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi and his center-left rival, Romano Prodi, wrapped up their campaigns on Friday -- the last day campaigning was allowed.

Some complained that the personal bickering had prevented any serious discussion of issues.

"The insistence with which we have asked Prodi and Berlusconi to tell us of their platforms and of how they would face the country's problems has been wasted breath," wrote top commentator Sergio Romano in Saturday's front page editorial on leading daily Corriere della Sera.

Characterizing the election today and Monday as a choice between two systems of values, he said, "Let's choose an Italy of rights, of tolerance, of respect of all, of well-being."

Speaking at the same time in a square in downtown Rome, Prodi appealed for unity.

"Mine is not only an appeal to go to the polls, but a call for the reconstruction of the country," said Prodi, a former premier and EU chief. "Only together can we make it."

Meanwhile, the Italian opposition cried foul after Berlusconi appeared on one of his television networks for a 20-minute interview to cap off his election campaign, press reports said on Saturday.

The daily La Repubblica dubbed the appearance the "last swipe" by the billionaire media magnate, already chastened three times previously during the campaign for hogging the airwaves in violation of strict electoral rules.

The Olive Tree coalition, grouping most center-left parties, immediately condemned the appearance.

"Despite a reminder from the Communications Authority (AGCOM), Channel 4 broadcast a lengthy appearance by the prime minister, who was interviewed alone in a studio," it said in a statement late on Friday.
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Old 04-09-2006, 03:51 PM   #17
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I voted today. Everything it's okay here. Votation ends tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Hope all the best for my Country!
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Old 04-09-2006, 04:34 PM   #18
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I voted today. Everything it's okay here. Votation ends tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Hope all the best for my Country!
So do I. My in-laws don't know anyone who likes Berlusconi.
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Old 04-10-2006, 04:44 AM   #19
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at this moment, 66,5% of people have voted...
In more or less 5 hours the vote will be closed and we will have the exit poll...
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exit polls say that Prodi is winning with 4/5 points more than Berlusconi...
But this is unofficial, so we will have to wait.
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Italy's Prodi set to win election: exit polls

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ROME (Reuters) - Center-left leader Romano Prodi looks set to beat Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Italy's general election, winning a majority in both houses of parliament, according to exit polls released on Monday.

A poll by the Nexus research institute predicted that Prodi's alliance would win between 50 and 54 percent of the vote in both the lower and upper houses of parliament.

Berlusconi's center-right bloc was shown winning 45 to 49 percent of the vote in both houses according to the poll, broadcast by state television RAI.

A separate poll by Piepoli, shown on Sky Italia television, showed former European Commission president Prodi winning 52 percent of the vote in the lower house, to give it 340 of the chamber's 630 seats.
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Excellent news, now let's hope these exit polls are accurate!

I wonder if there are anymore lawsuits waiting for Berlusconi.
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Fascinating. Keep us updated.
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I'm happy for the Italians, they dumped Berlusconi. I'm sure my in-laws are doing something to celebrate.
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Excellent news, now let's hope these exit polls are accurate!

I wonder if there are anymore lawsuits waiting for Berlusconi.

sure there are!
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Italian general election hangs by a thread

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"The scenario right now is that either we win by a narrow margin or they win by a narrow margin," said Fabrizio Cicchitto, co-ordinator of Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy) party.

"With such a tight balance of power it will certainly be difficult to govern ... (Fresh elections) are one of the possibilities, but we can't decide this now," he said.
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Damn, I thought Berlusconi was a goner. If he's not my in-laws are going to be awfully pissed. So, for that matter, will I. I can't stand Berlusconi. I'm getting tired of his head in Bush's ass every time you turn around.
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How good is the Italian voting process?

The all day voting Sunday and Monday is good for participation. 85%

Will there be any claims of voting irregularities?

What are the chances of fraud?
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No Clear Winner

Italy Heads Toward Split in Parliament

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Final results in the two-day vote ending Monday showed Romano Prodi's center-left coalition gaining control in the lower house of parliament, with 49.8 percent of the vote compared to 49.7 won by Berlusconi's conservatives. The winning coalition is automatically awarded 55 percent of the seats.

According to the results, Berlusconi's center-right coalition held a one-seat lead in the Senate; six seats elected abroad were still to be counted, but if the lead stands, the split could usher in a new period of political instability for Italy.
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i am a fan of belusconi quotes
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