A man casts his vote at a polling station in Milan, Italy on March 4, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Rome (People’s Daily) - Italy’s general election was held Sunday, March 4, and by the end of the day no clear winner had yet to emerge, indicating a hung parliament.
By mid-afternoon, it came down to three parties, with only one needing 40 percent of the votes to win.
The 5Star Movement, led by 31-year-old Luigi Di Maio had just over 30 percent, a healthy step forward for a group trying to appeal to discouraged voters.
Forza Italia, led by former ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the center-left Democratic Party (PD) led by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi were the other two parties with any substantial percentage of the votes.
Poll results later revealed Berlusconi’s party had 33.5-36.5 percent in the Italian Senate and 33-36 percent in the Lower House.
Center-Left Bloc had 25-28 percent and 24.5 - 27.5 percent in the Lower House.
Polling numbers showed Berlusconi Bloc had gained the most seats but was still short of the required majority, while the 5Star Movement performed better than expected.
Italy is the Eurozone’s third-largest economy.
Immigration and economic worries have underscored national concern, and dominated the issues during party campaigns in the run-up to Sunday’s election.