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Blow for Berlusconi as Italian president rejects media law

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been dealt a serious blow after Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi unexpectedly refused to sign his government's controversial new media law. The Gasparri law had already been approved this month by both the Italian Parliament and the Italian Senate, where Berlusconi's centre-right coalition has a comfortable majority.To become law, the bill only needed president Ciampi's seal of approval, which was widely expected to ...

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