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Italians are facing a prolonged period of grid-lock and instability in their government, as no clear victors emerged from Sunday's election. Media has been camped out outside parliament since the latest hours of the night. Votes are still being counted, but exit polls suggest a surge in popularity for the far-right and an anti-establishment party known as the Fight Star Movement.
It leaves Italy with a few messy scenarios including one, the creation of a coalition of parties that back the authority of the European Union for whom Italy is a central member, or two, yet another election to try and break the stalemate. Five Star has emerged as the single largest party, which pollsters did see coming and they're followed by the far-right party called The League.
Both have anti EU views. And the value of the euro dipped as the polls were released. They'd be able to rule jointly if they formed a coalition, but the League is already allied to another group, a confederation of conservative parties, including former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi's, Forza Italia.
No single party or standing coalition has enough votes to rule unchallenged. Meanwhile, the ruling democrats, the center-left party of Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, are suffering large losses. Parliament is not due to go back into session for weeks and talks of forming a new administration aren't due until April.
So it may be a long time before Italians learn how their future government is going to work, if it works at all.