Elections setback in Italy for Berlusconi
Early analysis yesterday in Italy's local elections showed Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffering a setback.
His centre-right alliance looked set to be forced into a run-off vote in the country's business capital of Milan.
Projections based on 20pc of results by pollster Piepoli showed Milan's centre-right mayor Letizia Moratti with 42.7pc support against 47.1pc for centre-left rival Giuliano Pisapia.
Mr Berlusconi had campaigned frenetically for an outright win in his home town, which the centre right has easily held for 20 years.
If the results were confirmed, it would mean a second round on May 29-30, giving the centre left its best chance since 1993 of winning the city. It would also confirm opinion polls showing Mr Berlusconi's popularity has been undermined by a sex scandal, three corruption trials and a faltering economy.