Italy elections: Center-right bloc wins minus majority

Italian election exit polls suggest center-right bloc winning the most seats but failing to get a majority

Exit polls of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Italy suggested that the center-right bloc will win the elections with around 33 to 36 percent of the total votes, but unable to get a majority.

According to the official exit polls that Italy’s official news agency ANSA released, the coalition of former president Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party along with Lega Nord, Brothers of Italy and Us with Italy parties will have the most seats in the parliament.

The voting ended at 11 p.m. local time (GMT2200) on Sunday, with close to 46 million citizens casting their votes.

The polls suggested Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party would receive the 12 to 15 of the total votes, while other center-right coalition parties; Matte Salvini’s Lega Nord would receive between 13 to 16 percent, Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party would receive three to five percent and Raffaele Fitto’s Us with Italy party would receive zero-two percent of the total votes.

The anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S) will be the top individual party after the elections, ANSA said, according to the results.

The M5S is set to be the biggest individual party getting around 29.5-32.5% of the votes.

The first results show that no party or coalition would get the majority of the votes to form a government.

The turnout for the voting was about 75 percent, approximately the same turnout as the previous elections that were held in 2013.

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