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Monday, 14 May, 2001, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
In pictures: Italy's general election
The centre-right coalition led by the media magnate, Silvio Berlusconi, has won the Italian elections over the centre-left grouping of Francesco Rutelli.

But the polling process itself was criticised. Correspondents describe chaotic scenes, with some voters tearing up their ballots in protest at the long lines at polling booths.

Silvio Berlusconi casts his ballot in Milan
Latest projections give Silvio Berlusconi a clear lead

Electoral ballots scattered on the floor
Enraged voters overturned tables in frustration

A police officer stands near electoral ballots spread on the floor in Naples
Police were sent in to restore order in Naples

A long line of people crowd a voting station in downtown Naples
Some people had to wait until midnight to cast their vote

Francesco Rutelli with his wife and son wait in line to vote
Mr Rutelli turned the spotlight on Mr Berlusconi's right-wing allies

European Commission President Romano Prodi casts his vote
European Commission President Romano Prodi voted in Bologna

Front pages of Italian dailies featuring the general election results
Election coverage dominates the country's newspapers

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