Italian election likely to produce a hung parliament

According to partial election results, no single Italian party bloc can form a government. The populist ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may make a comeback at 81, at the head of a center-right-wing coalition bloc, but is short of the 316-seat majority needed in parliament. The anti-European, anti-immigration Five Star Movement is projected to rival or overtake him. Most Italian pundits predict fresh elections after a political earthquake likened to Brexit in the UK and the Trump election in the US. Public anger over unemployment and immigration dominated the vote and beat down the ruling Democratic Party of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Voting for Italy’s Senate also put populists and right-wing parties out front, with Five Star likely to take the most seats. More than 600,000 migrants have reached Italy via Libya in five years, and were called by Berlusconi a social time bomb.

 

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