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Berlusconi to lose key Milan vote

Nick Pisa in Rome

Published 30/05/2011 | 05:00

Silvio Berlusconi is facing a crucial test of his popularity in an election battle for Milan that critics claim could bring about the downfall of his government.

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His party looks likely to lose control of the city -- where he was born and made his name -- for the first time in 20 years in the local election run-offs.

The voting, which was taking place yesterday and today, is being seen as a referendum on the prime minister's popularity in the wake of a series of sex scandals, corruption cases and a stagnant economy.

Nearly six million Italians are eligible to cast votes in almost 90 run-offs to elect mayors and other local representatives across Italy, but in political terms it is the contest in Milan that is crucial.

Mr Berlusconi faces a corruption hearing today, and a court hearing tomorrow, where he is accused of having sexual intercourse with an under-age prostitute.

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