Corruption scandals and bureaucratic bungling by Silvio Berlusconi's party appeared to put a damper on turnout, which could favour the opposition, as Italians voted in regional elections yesterday.
Over 41 million people are eligible to vote for the governors of 13 of Italy's 20 regions. Turnout was down by 3% on the same stage last year. Casting his vote in Milan, Mr Berlusconi (above) spoke of the recent tense atmosphere in Italian politics.
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