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Berlusconi Fights for Control of Sicily Before General Vote

  • Regional vote is a barometer before Italian national ballot
  • Bloc backed by Berlusconi narrowly leads Five Star, polls say
Silvio Berlusconi.

Silvio Berlusconi.

Photographer: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

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A coalition backed by ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi is taking on the populist Five Star Movement for control of Sicily on Sunday, a barometer of party fortunes ahead of next year’s general election in Italy.

Victory for the center-right would strengthen Berlusconi, 81, in his drive to forge a similar bloc for the national vote due in spring 2018, exploiting a new electoral system that favors alliances. A win for Five Star, which insists on campaigning alone in all elections, would give them control of their first region.