Early results point to double loss for Berlusconi in Milan and Naples

Monday's poll seen as a test for Berlusconi's government
Monday's poll seen as a test for Berlusconi's government AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition has lost control of Milan and Naples in the second round of voting in partial local elections, according to preliminary results released after polls closed on Monday. 


The Digis Poll commissioned by news channel SkyTG24 showed Giuliano Pisapia taking 53.5 per cent of voter intentions in the economic capital, Milan against Letizia Moratti with 46.5 per cent.

In Naples, Luigi de Magistris was ahead of his rival Gianni Lettierei with 54.5 per cent against 45.5 percent.

Official results are set to be released later on Monday.

Ahead of Monday’s vote, Berlusconi tried to play down the impact of a double loss in Milan and Naples saying he could count on the support of his key ally, Northern League leader Umberto Bossi.

Pisapia's surprise first round win prompted a fightback this week by the centre-right with a warning by Berlusconi that Milan would become "an Islamic city" and "a gypsyville" under his leadership.

Pisapia has put forward plans for a new multicultural centre in the city and has called for Romas to be treated more humanely but says his words have been twisted beyond recognition by his opponents.



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