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Italy parties seek way out of election stalemate


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Italian PD (Democratic Party) leader Pier Luigi Bersani leaves at the end of a news conference in Rome February 26, 2013. Italy's stunned political parties looked for a way forward on Tuesday after an election that gave none of them a parliamentary majority, posing the threat of prolonged instability and European financial crisis. The results, notably by the dramatic surge of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of comic Beppe Grillo, left the centre-left bloc with a majority in the lower house but without the numbers to control the powerful upper chamber, the Senate. REUTERS/Tony Gentile