- Indicators suggest almost impossible for any single party to form a stable government
- Beppe the Clown's Five-Star Movement is largest party nationwide, and Silvio Berlusconi has also performed strongly on political return
- Turnout for elections on lower chamber and Senate reported as low
Italians have been voting for a second day in a national election that is set to determine a new government to succeed technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti and tackle the country's economic troubles.
But early signs suggest that no one party has garnered enough votes to form a stable government and some commentators have warned that there may need to be a fresh election.
Many are still predicting that a centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani will prevaill but the result is far from certain, with the ever-controversial Silvio Berlusconi and 'hairy tsunami' Beppe Grillo both receiving a substantial share of the vote.
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