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'Italy should follow U.S. example' says Vatican's Bertone

Turn out 'enthusiastically' for spring vote says pope's No.2

'Italy should follow U.S. example' says Vatican's Bertone

Vatican City, November 8 - Italian citizens should emulate their American counterparts by turning out "enthusiastically" in mass for next April's general election, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said Thursday. Amid widespread disaffection with politics in Italy, the Vatican No.2 said the vote that confirmed Barack Obama as president was "a lesson in mass and enthusiastic participation in this act of democracy". "I hope this happens in other countries like Italy, that people do not flee their responsibilities (as voters), that they are aware of those responsibilities as citizens," Bertone said. Poll show as many as 30-40%% of eligible voters are unsure who to support after technocrat Premier Mario Monti ends his term. Of those who have told pollsters they have made their minds up, about 27% are currently favouring the centre-left Democrat Party led by Pier Luigi Bersani, 20% the anti-establishment Five Star Movement of comedian Beppe Grillo, and 15% the People of Freedom Party of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.

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