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Italian senate orders election recounts

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Italian senate orders election recounts


Eight months on and the fall-out from Italy’s disputed general election continues. A Senate election commission has ordered a recount of some ballots in the vote for the upper house. It follows allegations of fraud from both sides of the political divide. The recounts will take place in seven of the country’s 20 regions. But only blank, spoiled and contested ballots will be contested. April’s election handed the narrowest of victories to the then opposition centre-left coalition. They have a one-seat majority in the Senate and gained control of the lower house by just 25,000 votes. The cross-party Senate commission says if the recounts differ significantly from the original results then the process could be extended to more regions. It falls short of the entire election recount called for by centre-right leader, Silvio Berlusconi. But his bloc has been accused of foul play in the poll in a recent documentary by two leftist journalists.

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