Italian voters have delivered a hung parliament, flocking to anti-establishment and far-right parties in record numbers and casting the eurozone’s third-largest economy into a political gridlock that could take months to clear.
No group wins outright majority in lower house
Berlusconi’s rightist alliance seen winning most seats
Anti-establishment Five Star set for big gains
Ruling centre-left hurt by sluggish economic recovery
If early projections are confirmed, none of Italy’s three main blocs or groups can rule alone and there is little prospect of a return to mainstream government.
Scenarios now include a more euro-sceptic coalition or even a return to the polls.
A rightist alliance including former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia emerged with the biggest bloc of votes, ahead of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which saw its support soar to become the largest single party, according to projections based on early vote-counting.