Left takes commanding lead in Italy elections

Pier Luigi Bersani may be the next prime minister of Italy, if preliminary election results hold up. And a surprisingly strong protest vote against establishment candidates makes a comic turned politician head of the third largest party in the country. Reuters: The centre left is strongly leading in Italy's election, 5-6 percentage points ahead of the centre right of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, according to two telephone polls of voters. However the Senate, elected on a region-by-region basis, is more complicated and the result could turn on a handful of regions, including Lombardy in the rich industrial north and the southern island of Sicily. A poll for Sky television published after voting ended at 1400 GMT (9 a.m ET), showed the anti-establishment protest movement of Beppe Grillo taking third place. It showed the centre left ahead by 5.5 points in the lower house and by six points in the Senate although the result there will depend on key battleground regions....(Read Full Post)