Early returns give center-left parties led by Pier Luigi Bersani a slim lead in parliamentary elections. Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives appear to headed for close victory in the Senate.
Italian voters snubbed the old guard and no clear winner emerged from the fray, even though a protest movement did capitalize on voters turning their backs on the ruling class. Now, could new elections be on the cards?
Italy’s EU partners have called for a stable government to be formed as quickly as possible. Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi hinted he might be willing to join a grand coalition with his center-left rivals.
An Italian court has acquitted former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute. This overturned a conviction in which the former premier was barred from seeking political office.
Italian election forecasts have yielded conflicting information, currently threatening political stalemate. While Pier Luigi Bersani's center-left looks strong in the lower house, the center-right could take the Senate.
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