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Prodi camp confident of "absolute" majority

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Prodi camp confident of "absolute" majority


Italy’s centre-left bloc is confident it will end up with a slim majority in both houses of the country’s parliament, despite calls for a recount of some election results. Leader Romano Prodi says he expects final figures will confirm his bloc as the winner.

“We have an absolute majority in the chamber of deputies and in the senate,” he told reporters today. “There is no question about legitimacy or power.” When asked by a journalist how he felt, he replied: “Better than yesterday.” Early on in the counting it looked as though Prodi would have a comfortable majority, but then Berlusconi clawed back, taking the race to a photo-finish. With nearly all of the votes now taken into account, the centre-left is expected to have 158 seats in the senate, with Berlusconi’s coalition taking 156. Prodi’s bloc would also have 341 seats in the chamber of deputies, 340 of those automatically allocated to the overall winner.
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