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Berlusconi party edges ahead of centre-left PD

PdL up 1.9% to 26.9%, PD up 1.3% to 26.8%, M5S down 1.4% to 24%

12 April, 11:47
Berlusconi party edges ahead of centre-left PD (ANSA) - Rome, April 12 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party edged ahead of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) in the latest weekly survey by Italian pollster SWG Friday.

The PdL was up 1.9% to 26.9% after repeated calls to form a coalition government, rebuffed by PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani, while the PD was up 1.3% to 26.8%.

Comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement fell 1.4% to 24% amid its continued boycott of the two established parties after the February general election produced a hung parliament.