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Italy’s president seeks way out of political deadlock

As the Italian president attempts to break the political stalemate after the recent elections, the country is facing the prospect of a downgrading by ratings agency Moody’s and a destabilizing economy

By James Mackenzie  /  Reuters, ROME

Many are turning their thoughts toward new elections, with Berlusconi’s center-right bloc confident that the momentum created by the 76-year-old billionaire’s surge in the final weeks of the last election campaign will continue.

“We’re not afraid of going back to vote,” Daniela Santanche, one of Berlusconi’s most faithful allies, told the daily La Repubblica. “The opinion polls are telling us that we’d [PDL] win and the PD would lose 150 deputies.”

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