March 5, 2018 / 5:32 PM / 16 days ago

Italy's Berlusconi says open to reinforcing center-right to try to form govt.

ROME (Reuters) - Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi aims to strengthen a center-right coalition which won the most seats at a national election in Sunday in order to form a government, his party said in a statement on Monday.

Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi casts his vote at a polling station in Milan, Italy March 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party was unexpectedly surpassed by the far-right League in the alliance, which together won about 37 percent of the vote, shy of a parliamentary majority.

Forza Italia said Berlusconi had met League leader Matteo Salvini on Monday and congratulated him.

Reporting by Francesca Piscioneri, writing by Isla Binnie

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