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Polls reopen in Italy's general elections

Conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi is expected to win a third premiership by defeating new centre-left flagbearer Walter Veltroni.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Rome
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2008 10:49 AM IST

Polls reopened on Monday in Italy's general elections with conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi expected to win a third premiership by defeating new centre-left flagbearer Walter Veltroni.

Polling stations opened at 7:00 am (0500 GMT), with voting to continue until 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) on the second and final day of polling.

The first day on Sunday saw turnout down by four percent from two years ago, when Berlusconi's nemesis, centre-left leader Romano Prodi, defeated him by a handful of votes.

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