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May 17, 2022

Berlusconi suffers election setback

Allies of Italian Prime Minister Sil­vio Berlusconi have suffered setbacks in local elections seen by analysts as a test of his government’s po­pularity, according to the BBC. His centre-right PDL bloc came second in his stronghold Milan, for­­cing it into a run-off vote for the first time in nearly 20 years. The bloc and its Northern League partner also did poorly elsewhere – though the PDL led in Naples. The second round of voting is due to be held in two weeks. The prime minister was said by aides to be “surpri­sed and saddened” by the result in Milan, one of Italy’s wealthiest ci­ties.

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