Ugh. Big tally for Berlusconi throws wrench into Italy's election
Silvio Berlusconi pulled off a Lazarus-like rise from political oblivion on Monday by securing enough support in Italyís general election to hobble, or block altogether, the formation of a new government.
Early projections were fluid and sometimes contradictory, but the billionaire businessmanís conservative coalition seemed to have won a majority in the senate, the upper house of parliament.
Millions of Italians appeared to have been seduced by promises he made during a fiery election campaign, including pledges to repeal and pay back an unpopular property tax and to create millions of new jobs.
His portrayal of his center-left opponents as unreconstructed Communists, and of Germany as an unfairly harsh fiscal task master imposing austerity on Italians, also struck a chord with many voters.