>> Silvio Berlusconi has thrown his weight behind a far right ally for Italy's next Prime Minster. Matteo Salvini's Anti-Immigration League won 17% of the vote in Sunday's election over taking Berlusconi's on 14%. That defied expectations and was a personal defeat for the veteran, former prime minister.
>> Berlusconi, none the less, wants to play a role as coordinator for his center-right coalition. Which all together won around 37%, but not a majority. A decision could be months away. The election produced a hung parliament, and talks to former government are expected to drag on. Salvini says he's the only possible candidate for the right, and he won't step aside for someone less controversial who could gather broader support.
Berlusconi, the League, and two smaller allies had agreed during the campaign that the leader of the party in their coalition that won the most votes would head the next government.>>
>> Also in the mix, the leader of the anti-establishment. Five star movement is also claiming the right to be Prime Minister.
Five Star won the most votes for any single party, at 34%. Another sign of how Italy's election shifted the balance towards populous parties, that are against the status quo.>>