Here Comes Another Helping of Berlusconi

Conservative mogul set to lead Italy again after rival concedes vote
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 2:32 PM CDT
A ballot box is being opened after the closure of the polling stations, in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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(Newser) – Conservative media mogul Silvio Berlusconi looks set to reclaim the Italian premiership, the AP reports, after center-left rival Walter Veltroni conceded defeat this evening. Berlusconi's coalition is expected to win control of both houses of Italy's legislature.

The center-left coalition headed by Berlusconi's successor, Romano Prodi, lasted just 20 months, the BBC notes. Results won't likely be official until tomorrow, and wrangling among partners in the victorious coalition is likely to ensue.