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Italy in political stalemate as voters back populist wave

Mar 05, 2018, 5:50 AM EST
Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's rightest alliance bagged lion share of votes.
(Source: European People's Party/flickr)

Italy is faced with an intricate process of negotiations and coalition-building after the voters delivered a hung parliament on Sunday’s election, as they sidelined the traditional parties and backed the Eurosceptic, anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

The projections from the initial results showed that all of Italy’s three main factions are failing to secure an absolute majority, which comes as a “headache” for the European Union as the bloc would now have to deal with a more euro-sceptic coalition, writes Reuters.

The result of elections in Italy is being compared with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. as it marks the surge of support for populist outfits, notes the BBC.