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2006-04-13 06:20:21

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Allies of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi cast doubt on Thursday over his accusations that the Italian general election was rigged and one coalition partner said a review of the ballot would not change the result. Berlusconi has demanded that the outcome of the April 9-10 vote, which handed his centre-left rival Romano Prodi a tiny majority, should be overturned because of "widespread" fraud. Prodi has said he won the election fairly, but...

2006-04-13 03:31:05

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is considering issuing a decree to order a partial recount of Italy's general election results after denouncing the poll as fraudulent, newspapers reported on Thursday. Berlusconi demanded late on Wednesday that his centre-left rival Romano Prodi be stripped of victory in the April 9-10 ballot, pushing Europe's fourth largest economy toward a full-blown political crisis. According to Interior Ministry data, the...

2006-04-12 16:31:00

By Giuseppe Fonte ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday denounced what he called widespread fraud at Italy's general election and demanded his center-left rival Romano Prodi be stripped of victory. Prodi immediately condemned Berlusconi's efforts to overturn the results of the April 9-10 election, the closest in modern Italian history, and his allies warned that the prime minister was stoking dangerous political tensions. The stand-off between the leaders of...

2006-04-12 15:12:42

By Giuseppe Fonte ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday denounced Italy's general election as fraudulent and said official results giving victory to his center-left rival Romano Prodi had to be overturned. Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat in the April 9-10 vote, and demanded a review of thousands of disputed ballots. "The election result has to change because there was widespread fraud," Berlusconi told reporters after meeting President Carlo Azeglio...

2006-04-12 12:52:09

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy faced protracted political limbo on Wednesday as Romano Prodi said he may not be able to form a new government before mid-May and a dispute over alleged irregularities in this week's election added to the confusion. Prodi has claimed a wafer-thin victory for his center-left bloc in the April 9-10 poll but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat and demanded checks on disputed ballots, saying there were "many murky...

2006-04-12 10:06:34

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy faced protracted political limbo on Wednesday as Romano Prodi said he may not be able to form a new government before mid-May and a dispute over alleged irregularities in this week's election added to the confusion. Prodi has claimed a wafer-thin victory for his center-left bloc in the April 9-10 poll but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat and demanded checks on disputed ballots, saying there were "many murky...

2006-04-12 06:23:07

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy faced protracted political limbo on Wednesday as Romano Prodi said he would not be able to form a new government before mid-May and a dispute over alleged voting irregularities in this week's election rumbled on. Prodi has claimed a wafer-thin victory for his centre-left bloc in the April 9-10 poll but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat and demanded checks on disputed ballots, saying there were "many murky aspects"...

2006-04-12 03:15:27

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy faced protracted political limbo on Wednesday as Romano Prodi said he would not be able to form a new government before mid-May and a dispute over alleged voting irregularities in the general election rambled on. Prodi has claimed a wafer-thin victory for his centre-left bloc in the April 9-10 poll but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat and demanded checks on disputed ballots, saying there were "many murky aspects"...

2006-04-11 18:35:26

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Romano Prodi pushed ahead on Wednesday with preparations to become Italy's next leader, in defiance of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's refusal to concede defeat in the closest election in post-war history. Prodi planned to meet allies to discuss the details of taking over government after five years of Berlusconi, the media tycoon that he says he ousted at the ballot box on April 9 and 10. Berlusconi rejected Prodi's claim of victory and called...

2006-04-11 18:15:36

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Romano Prodi pushed ahead on Wednesday with preparations to become Italy's next leader, in defiance of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's refusal to concede defeat in the closest election in post-war history. Prodi planned to meet allies to discuss the details of taking over government after five years of Berlusconi, the media tycoon that he says he ousted at the ballot box on April 9 and 10. Berlusconi rejected Prodi's claim of victory and called...