Katya Adler with Italian newspapers
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Italy election ends in stalemate

Italy's parliamentary elections have ended in stalemate and the possibility of a hung parliament.

With all domestic votes counted, Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left bloc has narrowly beaten former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in the lower house but has failed to secure a majority in the Senate.

Control of both houses is needed to govern and a Berlusconi official said the election was "too close to call".

A protest movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo won a quarter of the vote.

The BBC's Katya Adler reports from Rome.

  • 26 Feb 2013
  • From the section Europe
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