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>> On track for victory and a stunning political comeback. Projections on Monday showing former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his rightist allies winning a regional election in Sicily. Polls putting Berlusconi's center right Forza Italia just ahead of the anti-establishment 5 star movement, with the center left a distant third.
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Berlusconi was Italy's Prime Minister for nine years in total. And he's been a subject of numerous sex scandals and graft allegations. But if confirmed the result puts him in a strong position ahead of May's National Elections. Reuters Crispian Balmer.>> Berlusconi would hope to use victory in Sicily as a springboard to victory in national elections which are due by next May.
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Again, his center right alliance had been floundering a year ago. But is pulling together in time for this national vote. When the center left, which is led by former Primer Minister Matteo Renzi, is in disarray.>> 81 year old Berlusconi was seen as a spent force. But he returned to the political fray after open heart surgery last year and campaigned actively in Sicily.
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Now he may not be hoping for the top job.>> He's very very very unlikely to return as the Prime Minister. He was ordered out of public office in 2013 after being convicted of tax fraud. He is appealing against that in the European courts. But it looks very unlikely that he will be in a position to become Prime Minister, so he would assume the role of, sort of, the power behind the throne in any central right government.
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>> Much of Forza Italia's success coming from a fiery debate across the country over the recent influx of migrants. The issue denting support for the incumbent center-left government. The party's candidate in Sicily likely to win only 17.5% of the vote.