Monday, October 29, 2012

Berlusconi party loses key Sicily vote

Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party (PDL) on Monday lost a key regional election in Sicily seen as a barometer for national polls due in April, handing victory to a centre-left anti-Mafia candidate.

With over 50 percent of votes counted, Rosario Crocetta of the Democratic Party (PD) was leading with 30.88 percent, ahead of the PDL's Sebastiano Musumeci with 24.90 percent, robbing him of what was once the centre-right's stronghold on the Mediterranean island.