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2006-04-19 07:55:50

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's supreme court has confirmed Romano Prodi's razor-thin victory over Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in last week's general election, an Italian television news channel said on Wednesday. The 24-hour Sky TG24 news gave no source for its report. The court, which had been widely expected to make such a declaration later in the day, insisted official results of the April 9-10 ballot would only be know after 6 p.m. (12 p.m. EDT). Confirmation of...

2006-04-19 04:18:02

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's highest appeals court will announce the official results of last week's general election on Wednesday afternoon, court sources said. The court is expected to confirm that centre-left leader Romano Prodi narrowly won the April 9-10 ballot, ousting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after five years in power. Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat, alleging widespread irregularities and saying he hoped checks on disputed ballots would overturn the provisional...

2006-04-19 04:39:37

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's supreme court will announce the official results of last week's closely contested general election later on Wednesday, court sources said. The court is expected to confirm provisional results showing that centre-left leader Romano Prodi narrowly won the April 9-10 ballot, ousting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after five years in power. Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat, alleging widespread irregularities and saying he hoped checks on disputed...

2006-04-18 04:06:56

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy's 85-year-old president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi said he will not serve a second term in office when his mandate expires next month, adding further uncertainty to the country's poisoned political climate. The new president will play a crucial role in trying to repair the damage from last week's election in which centre-left leader Romano Prodi won a razor-thin victory over Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who refuses to acknowledge the results....

2006-04-17 10:59:13

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italian center-left leader Romano Prodi, still waiting for his election victory to be confirmed, rejected speculation on Monday that his weak majority would scare markets into doubting Italy's ability to stay in the euro. Italians voted on April 9 and 10 in the closest vote in post-war Italy, granting Prodi a narrow victory that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is still contesting ahead of official confirmation expected later this week. While...

2006-04-14 16:24:51

By Robin Pomeroy and Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's hopes of overturning his election loss were dashed on Friday when it emerged there were not enough disputed ballot papers to swing victory back from his rival, Romano Prodi. But the media tycoon, who has refused to concede defeat after the center-left won a razor-thin majority in April 9-10 national elections, remained defiant and said he was still hopeful his coalition could somehow...

2006-04-14 08:34:58

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's hopes of overturning his election loss were dashed on Friday when it emerged there were not enough disputed ballot papers to swing victory back from his rival, Romano Prodi. Berlusconi refused to concede after the centre-left opposition won a razor-thin majority in the April 9-10 election, demanding a check of "disputed" ballots -- papers on which the voting intention was deemed unclear by scrutineers. But...

2006-04-14 08:12:39

ROME (Reuters) - The number of contested ballots being checked after Italy's knife-edge general election is just 2,131, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, not enough to swing the victory back to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The ministry said in a statement it had made a mistake when it initially estimated the ballots in question for the lower house of parliament were some 43,000. A spokesman for centre-left leader Romano Prodi, who won the April 9, 10 election in the lower...

2006-04-14 05:42:22

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's attempt to keep power by contesting the result of last weekend's election appeared to have failed on Friday with no evidence emerging to back his claims of irregularities. Italian media said there had turned out to be far fewer disputed ballots than originally reported and not enough to reverse the election result, which handed victory to centre-left leader Romano Prodi by a margin of some 24,000 votes....

2006-04-14 05:01:09

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's attempt to keep power by contesting the result of last weekend's election appeared to have failed on Friday with no evidence emerging to back his claims of irregularities. Italian media said there had turned out to be far fewer disputed ballots than originally reported and not enough to reverse the election result, which handed victory to centre-left leader Romano Prodi by a margin of some 24,000 votes....


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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