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Berlusconi takes helm of Italy's new rightist bloc

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Berlusconi takes helm of Italy's new rightist bloc

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There was never any doubt that Silvio Berlusconi would be elected head of the new party consolidating the forces of Italy’s political right.

But that didn’t diminish the emotion at the founding congress for the new “People of Freedom” bloc as the prime minister emerged victorious. Activists have gathered in Rome for the birth of Berlusconi’s new power base – uniting his Forza Italia party with the right-wing National Alliance.