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Hitt og þetta 10. apríl 2006

DJ Italy Vote Projections Confirm Prodi Ahead In Senate

ROME (AP) -- Romano Prodi's center-left coalition looked set to beat Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservative forces in parliamentary elections, exit polls indicated Monday, but initial projections showed the race very tight in the Senate.

Projections based on 15% of the vote gave Prodi's forces 158 seats in the Senate and Berlusconi's coalition 151. However, Prodi's majority was not assured with the margin of error at 1 to 3 percentage points and six seats chosen by Italians voting abroad unaccounted for in the projections.