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Berlusconi says Italy 'deserves to be governed', no new vote

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Rome, February 26 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
said Tuesday that Italy should not return to the polls after the
country's general election gave an inconclusive result, and he
did not rule out forming a government alliance with the centre
left.
Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left alliance took control of
the House, despite a narrow win over the centre right in
percentage terms, but it was unable to claim a working majority
in the Senate.
"I don't think it's useful in this situation (to vote
again)," Berlusconi, whose centre right alliance came second in
both contests, told one of his Mediaset TV channels.
"Now we have to reflect for the good of Italy.
"Someone is going to have to do with making some
sacrifices, but Italy deserves to be governed".
The three-time Italian premier was open to the hypothesis
of working with Bersani, but he ruled out striking a deal with
outgoing Premier Mario Monti.
"Agreement with the (centre-left) Democratic Party (PD)?
Now we have to take time to reflect," Berlusconi said via
Twitter. "No agreement with Monti".
The 76-year-old media magnate added that he did not
suspected election fraud, after his People of Freedom (PdL)
party called for the seats in the House not to be allocated
until the results had been checked because the difference
between the centre left and centre right was "too close to
call".

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