Berlusconi backed

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The Independent Online
Rome - Silvio Berlusconi stepped closer to becoming Italy's prime minister yesterday, when the leader of the Northern League, Umberto Bossi, recommended that he be involved in talks with President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. Mr Bossi said after meeting Mr Scalfaro that there should be controls on Mr Berlusconi's power, and that the league should have ministers in key positions. AFP