Ber­lus­coni buoyed by Si­cil­ian vote

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni looked poised for a stun­ning po­lit­i­cal come­back as his right­ist bloc claimed vic­tory in an elec­tion in Si­cily.

The Si­cil­ian bal­lot, held last Sun­day, was seen as a dry run for a na­tional elec­tion in May, with many of the is­land’s prob­lems reflecting those of the coun­try.

An in­flux of mi­grants, many of whom ar­rive in Si­cily after be­ing res­cued in the Mediter­ranean, was a key is­sue.

With 93% of the votes counted, a cen­tre-right bloc backed by the four-time prime min­is­ter was run­ning more than five per­cent­age points ahead of the anti­estab­lish­ment Five Star Move­ment (M5S), with the cen­tre left, which gov­erns at the na­tional level, a dis­tant third.

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