Early results point to Italy election gridlock


ROME — Italy’s crucial elections appeared to be heading toward gridlock, initial results showed today, with the center-left forces of Pier Luigi Bersani moving ahead in the lower house of Parliament and the camp of former premier Silvio Berlusconi gaining the upper hand in the Senate.

The upstart protest campaign of comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo was also showing a strong result in both houses of the legislature, confirming its surprise role as a force in Italian politics.

The unfolding murky result raised the possibility of new elections in the coming months and bodes badly for the nation’s efforts to pass the tough reforms it needs to snuff out its economic crisis.


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