ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s national elections are likely to produce a hung parliament, exit polls on Rai state television and private channel La 7 showed after voting ended on Sunday.
A centre-right coalition was set to win most seats in parliament ahead of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, with the centre-left third, according to the polls.
However, the centre-right, which includes former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy!), and the far-right League and Brothers of Italy, were seen falling some way short of an absolute majority, pollsters said.
5-Star is likely to be the largest single party by a wide margin, with 29.5-32.5 percent of the vote for the lower house, according to the Rai exit poll.
A centre-left alliance dominated by former prime minister Matteo Renzi’s ruling Democratic Party (PD) was projected to win 25-28 percent, with the PD itself set to take 20-23 percent.
Support for the centre-right bloc totaled 33-36 percent, Rai said. Within the centre-right, the League and Forza Italia were seen level on 12.5-15.5, with Brothers of Italy on 3.5-5.5.
An exit poll on Sky Italia television showed the League on 14.5 percent in the lower house, with Forza Italia on 14 percent.
Reporting By Gavin Jones; Edited by Mark Bendeich
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.