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Berlusconi falls ill during speech

Published 26/11/2006

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi slumped at the podium during a speech

to political supporters in northern Italy today.

Supporters said he had fallen ill because of the strong emotion of the


After some 40 minutes of railing against Premier Romano Prodi's centre-left

government, Berlusconi suddenly looked weak .

Officials had to run onto the stage as he slumped in front of the political rally

in Tuscany.

Former Chamber of Deputies speaker Irene Pivetti, told the crowd that Berlusconi


``fallen ill because the tension, because of the emotion'' of the speech.

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