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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berlusconi Halts Talks

Media magnate Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday that he was halting all talks on forming Italy's next government until President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro had nominated a new prime minister.

His dramatic announcement followed yet another attack from his electoral ally Umberto Bossi of the federalist Northern League in a war of words over who should lead the next government.

Berlusconi swept to victory at the head of a right-wing "Freedom Alliance" between his Forza Italia party, the League and the neo-fascist National Alliance in last week's elections.

He said he had canceled a planned meeting with League officials in Milan on Wednesday.