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May 25, 2022

Italy election: Bersani’s centre-left ‘ahead in polls’

Early exit polls from Italy’s general election show a lead for the centre-left bloc led by Pier Luigi Bersani, BBC
The polls suggest Mr Bersani’s alliance has taken around 34% of the vote for parliament’s lower house, ahead of Silvio
Berlusconi’s centre-right group with 29%, Sky Italia reports.
Beppe Grillo’s protest movement is projected to take nearly 20% of votes.
The two-day vote is seen as crucial for efforts to tackle Italy’s economic problems, as well as for the eurozone.
The election was called two months ahead of schedule, after Mr Berlusconi’s party withdrew its support for Mario
Monti’s technocratic government. The first results based on partial vote counts were due yesterday evening. If the exit polls are confirmed, they  would echo the opinion polls prior to the election which made Mr Bersani’s centreleft Democratic Party (PD) a consistentfrontrunner at nearly 35%.
Mr Bersani, a former Communist, has pledged to continue with the toughreforms of Mario Monti’s technocratic
government, but suggests current European policy needs to do more to promote growth and jobs.
Mr Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PdL) centre-right alliance had narrowed the PD lead in the final weeks of campaigning
– and may yet prevent Mr Bersani from winning an overall majority in the Senate, which is being fought on a
region-by-region basis.
The fiercely anti-establishment Five Star movement of former comedian Beppe Grillo drew wide and growing support during the campaign, and threatened to be the major upset for the election.

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