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John Simkin

Election in Italy: Silvio Berlusconi Defeated?

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The BBC is suggesting that Romano Prodi has defeated Silvio Berlusconi by 49.8% against 49.7% in the lower house. As someone who has spent time studying Berlusconi's corruption, I am amazed that the result was so close. Is it true that such a large percentage of the Italian population voted for this man?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4897994.stm

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The BBC is suggesting that Romano Prodi has defeated Silvio Berlusconi by 49.8% against 49.7% in the lower house. As someone who has spent time studying Berlusconi's corruption, I am amazed that the result was so close. Is it true that such a large percentage of the Italian population voted for this man?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4897994.stm

This seems to be the state of the country: many people still trust Berlusconi and believe him, many have benefited from his policy (neither the civil servants, of course, nor the young who get only temporary jobs till they are about 35-40 or even older). It is also interesting to hear many people say that, as he was able to make of fortune by himself, he can help the whole country to get rich !!!

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