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Italy parties seek way out of election stalemate

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

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...more

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
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Italian PD (Democratic Party) leader Pier Luigi Bersani reacts during 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

Italian PD (Democratic Party) leader Pier Luigi Bersani reacts during 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...more

Italian PD (Democratic Party) leader Pier Luigi Bersani reacts during 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
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government and re-ignite the euro zone crisis. Officials from both centre and left warned that such gridlock could make Italy ungovernable and force new elections. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government...more

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government and re-ignite the euro zone crisis. Officials from both centre and left warned that such gridlock could make Italy ungovernable and force new elections. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Journalists work at the Democratic Party media center in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group had a clear majority in parliament. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Journalists work at the Democratic Party media center in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party...more

Journalists work at the Democratic Party media center in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group had a clear majority in parliament. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Italian PD (Democratic Party) leader Pierluigi Bersani speaks during 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

Italian PD (Democratic Party) leader Pierluigi Bersani speaks during 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,...more

Italian PD (Democratic Party) leader Pierluigi Bersani speaks during 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
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Electoral posters are seen in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group had a clear majority in parliament. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Electoral posters are seen in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group...more

Electoral posters are seen in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group had a clear majority in parliament. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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A television screen shows an instant poll at the Democratic Party media center in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group had a clear majority in parliament. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

A television screen shows an instant poll at the Democratic Party media center in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election...more

A television screen shows an instant poll at the Democratic Party media center in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group had a clear majority in parliament. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. The centre left is strongly leading in Italy's election, raising the chances of a stable pro-reform government in the euro zone's third largest economy, according to two telephone polls published after voting ended. The polls on Sky and Rai television after voting ended at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT/9 a.m. ET) showed the centre left of Pier Luigi Bersani 5-6 points ahead of the centre right of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, with the anti-establishment movement of Genoese comedian Beppe Grillo taking third place. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. The centre left is strongly leading in Italy's election, raising the chances of a stable pro-reform government in the euro zone's third largest economy, according to...more

Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. The centre left is strongly leading in Italy's election, raising the chances of a stable pro-reform government in the euro zone's third largest economy, according to two telephone polls published after voting ended. The polls on Sky and Rai television after voting ended at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT/9 a.m. ET) showed the centre left of Pier Luigi Bersani 5-6 points ahead of the centre right of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, with the anti-establishment movement of Genoese comedian Beppe Grillo taking third place. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
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A woman walks next to Democratic Party electoral posters in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group had a clear majority in parliament. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

A woman walks next to Democratic Party electoral posters in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest...more

A woman walks next to Democratic Party electoral posters in Rome February 26, 2013. The Italian stock market fell and state borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as investors took fright at political deadlock after a stunning election that saw a protest party lead the poll and no group had a clear majority in parliament. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government and re-ignite the euro zone crisis. Officials from both centre and left warned that such gridlock could make Italy ungovernable and force new elections. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government...more

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government and re-ignite the euro zone crisis. Officials from both centre and left warned that such gridlock could make Italy ungovernable and force new elections. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi smiles as he appears as a guest on the RAI television show Porta a Porta (Door to Door) in Rome February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi smiles as he appears as a guest on the RAI television show Porta a Porta (Door to Door) in Rome February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi smiles as he appears as a guest on the RAI television show Porta a Porta (Door to Door) in Rome February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
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A TV screen showing news on Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is pictured in front of the German share price index DAX board at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)

A TV screen showing news on Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is pictured in front of the German share price index DAX board at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS...more

A TV screen showing news on Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is pictured in front of the German share price index DAX board at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
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Five Star Movement leader and comedian Beppe Grillo speaks with media before casting his vote at the polling station in Genoa February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Five Star Movement leader and comedian Beppe Grillo speaks with media before casting his vote at the polling station in Genoa February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Five Star Movement leader and comedian Beppe Grillo speaks with media before casting his vote at the polling station in Genoa February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
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A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government and re-ignite the euro zone crisis. Officials from both centre and left warned that such gridlock could make Italy ungovernable and force new elections. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government...more

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government and re-ignite the euro zone crisis. Officials from both centre and left warned that such gridlock could make Italy ungovernable and force new elections. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
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Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
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A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A voting official counts the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
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Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. The centre left is strongly leading in Italy's election, raising the chances of a stable pro-reform government in the euro zone's third largest economy, according to two telephone polls published after voting ended. The polls on Sky and Rai television after voting ended at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT/9 a.m. ET) showed the centre left of Pier Luigi Bersani 5-6 points ahead of the centre right of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, with the anti-establishment movement of Genoese comedian Beppe Grillo taking third place. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. The centre left is strongly leading in Italy's election, raising the chances of a stable pro-reform government in the euro zone's third largest economy, according to...more

Voting officials count the ballots in a polling station in Rome February 25, 2013. The centre left is strongly leading in Italy's election, raising the chances of a stable pro-reform government in the euro zone's third largest economy, according to two telephone polls published after voting ended. The polls on Sky and Rai television after voting ended at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT/9 a.m. ET) showed the centre left of Pier Luigi Bersani 5-6 points ahead of the centre right of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, with the anti-establishment movement of Genoese comedian Beppe Grillo taking third place. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
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Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti holds his election ballot before casting his vote at the polling station in Milan, February 24, 2013. Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the most closely watched elections in years, with markets nervous about whether it can produce a strong government to pull Italy out of recession and help resolve the euro zone debt crisis. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti holds his election ballot before casting his vote at the polling station in Milan, February 24, 2013. Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the most closely watched elections in years, with markets nervous...more

Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti holds his election ballot before casting his vote at the polling station in Milan, February 24, 2013. Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the most closely watched elections in years, with markets nervous about whether it can produce a strong government to pull Italy out of recession and help resolve the euro zone debt crisis. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government and re-ignite the euro zone crisis. Officials from both centre and left warned that such gridlock could make Italy ungovernable and force new elections. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government...more

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference in Rome February 25, 2013. Conflicting early forecasts of the result of Italy's election on Monday raised the spectre of deadlock in parliament that could paralyze a new government and re-ignite the euro zone crisis. Officials from both centre and left warned that such gridlock could make Italy ungovernable and force new elections. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Voting officials prepare ballot papers in a polling station in Rome February 24, 2013. Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the most closely watched elections in years, with markets nervous about whether it can produce a strong government to pull Italy out of recession and help resolve the euro zone debt crisis. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Voting officials prepare ballot papers in a polling station in Rome February 24, 2013. Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the most closely watched elections in years, with markets nervous about whether it can produce a strong government to...more

Voting officials prepare ballot papers in a polling station in Rome February 24, 2013. Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the most closely watched elections in years, with markets nervous about whether it can produce a strong government to pull Italy out of recession and help resolve the euro zone debt crisis. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
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A nun casts her vote at a polling station in Rome February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A nun casts her vote at a polling station in Rome February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A nun casts her vote at a polling station in Rome February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
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Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures before casting his vote at the polling station in Milan, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures before casting his vote at the polling station in Milan, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures before casting his vote at the polling station in Milan, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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