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The Wall Street Journal: Italy election: No clear winner, aside from the power of populism

ROME — Italy’s national elections yielded no outright winner, initial projections showed, likely ushering in a protracted period of political instability and tension in the eurozone’s third-largest economy.

Populist parties staged a strong showing on Sunday, winning about half of all votes cast, according to the polls, underscoring the depth of anger among Italians at the country’s direction and the continued power of right-leaning populist parties in European politics. If confirmed, the outcome could crack the door open to the possibility of an alliance between antiestablishment parties to form a new government.

A conservative coalition headlined by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was set to secure between 36.4% of the popular vote for the lower house, according to early projections by pollsters commissioned by state broadcaster RAI, giving it between 248 and 268 seats in the lower house out of 630.

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