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Italian Voters Back Anti-Establishment and Anti-Immigrant Parties

Italy is currently facing an uprising by populists following a rise in support for parties that are anti-Europe in the parliamentary election on Sunday. However, no party was able to win sufficient enough votes to rule alone, which means the country would likely enter into a period of deadlock politically.

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The Five Star Movement, which is anti-establishment, made substantial gains in the vote on Sunday, but with just 31% of the overall vote it does not have the number of seats needed to form a government.

The coalition of the center-right, which includes League, known also as Northern League, along with Forza Italia the party of Silvio Berlusconi the former Prime Minister and Brothers of Italy, the neo-fascist party, is likely to become the largest bloc in the two houses of parliament, a combined share that totals 37%.

Of the available coalition parties to attract the largest number of votes that totaled 18% was the anti-immigrant League compared to the 14% by Forza Italia. The swing in the support of the League looks ready to give that party up to 123 seats in Italy’s lower house, which is up from its current 22 equally an increase of six fold.

Since no party was able to secure a majority, Italy faces several weeks, and possibly months of relentless negotiations between different groups with competing interests trying to form a government.

It is expected that final results would be released by election officials at 2 p.m. local time which is 8 am EST.

The projected vote represents a poor showing by the outgoing Democratic Party center-left government.

The coalition of center left, formed with More Europe the liberal party, could muster only 23.5% and would likely end up being the third biggest group within Parliament behind that of M5S and the right-wing group.

The bombshell saw the largest loss which will have its seats reduced between 104 and 110 from 281.

The poor showing has come despite the current ruling party expected to receive the second largest vote share of 19%, for one party. Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, a reformer from the center-left, who led the push, stepped down in 2016 following a controversial constitutional referendum failing.

The vote is being scrutinized closely by leaders in Europe who are worried by more and more euro-skeptic sentiment and concerned of possible instability in the third-largest Eurozone economy.