Italy election to result in hung parliament


Former PM Matteo Renzi will reportedly resign as head of the ruling center-left Democratic Party after a crushing election defeat. Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition took the lead but may face a hung parliament.

A right-wing alliance led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia took the lead in Italy’s general election, according to preliminary results published Monday morning, but the country now faces a hung parliament.

Forza Italia, the far-right Northern League and Brothers of Italy together took about 37 percent of the vote, followed by the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement (M5S) with about 32 percent.

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Matteo Salvini’s right-wing, anti-immigrant Northern League took 18 percent, surpassing Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, which took less than 14 percent, according to the partial results. Berlusconi had expected to dominate the alliance.

Salvini said Monday that his coalition had the “right and the duty” to form a government and staked his claim for the leadership. ..
Read more : Deutsche Welle, 03.03.2018