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Italy's Berlusconi Blames Poor Election Showing On Public Office Ban

Italy's Berlusconi Blames Poor Election Showing On Public Office Ban

Despite his decision to stand aside, he said he expected his party to shun any coalition talks.

No one seemed to have the answer Monday.

"The League should not lump all of us together - Indians, Asians, Africans", said Kris Sumun, 35, who came from Mauritius when he was five years old and has worked as a concierge in a Milan building for 11 years.

Afterwards, Forza Italia said it was open to welcoming in other parties to create a centre-right government, but it was not clear where such support might come from, with the bloc seen some 49 seats short of a majority in the 630-seat lower house.

The election results showed a stunning loss for the Democratic Party, the main partner in the center-left government that has ruled Italy since 2013.

Euroskeptics and populists rode a wave of hostility toward all things European Union and surged to the fore in Italian elections on Sunday, turning the founding European Union nation into a potential obstructionist just when the bloc was emerging from a decade of economic gloom and seemed poised to rekindle its grand ambitions. That system crumbled in the early 1990s amid corruption scandals that swept away virtually an entire political class. "For us, it is the start of the Third Republic".

Although not all the seats have been assigned as yet, the trend percentage-wise is now very clear. He was already convicted of tax fraud and is being investigated for abuse of his office, bribery and soliciting minors for sex.

Tajani will now have to battle coalition partner Matteo Salvini, leader of the Northern League, for the leadership of the centre-right bloc and to be in a position to be nominated as Italy's next prime minister.

According to the results released by Italy's interior ministry, a center-right coalition that included Berlusconi's Forza Italia party and the anti-immigrant League won about 37 percent of the vote.

The 5-Stars had a remarkably strong showing in the south, which has always been a stronghold of the centre-right and Forza Italia.

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This north-south divide is a new element that could complicate any power-sharing, political analyst Angelo Panebianco said. Its leader Luigi Di Maio said it had a "responsibility" to form a government.

Parolin said at the conference that the Vatican realised that the election results meant it would have to continue "a work of education" about the dignity and rights of immigrants.

Salvini remains vehemently undeterred on the political stage, saying on Monday that his 17% of the vote gave him the "right" to be prime minister.

Italy is facing a populist uprising after a surge in support for anti-European parties in Sunday's parliamentary election, however no party received enough votes to rule alone meaning the country will likely enter a period of political deadlock.

The head of Italy's anti-migrant, euroskeptic League party says the shared European euro currency is "wrong" and is ultimately destined to end.

Asked about the possibility of joining forces with the 5-Stars Movement to govern, Salvini replied: "No, no, no". "Now we are starting to fly", marveled Davide Casaleggio of the 5-Stars.

Di Maio spoke less than an hour after the head of the League made the same claim on the part of the center-right coalition, which collectively has more votes than the 5-Stars.

The negotiations to form a coalition government would be "prolonged and the outcome uncertain", he said. Free and Equal (the party which split from the Democratic Party) also performed far below expectations, securing only 3.4% of the vote, just above the 3% electoral threshold. Renzi, leader of the ruling centre-left Democratic Party, said he was resigning after the party suffered a crushing defeat in Sunday's general elections. He described both the League and the 5-Stars as embodying an anti-Europe spirit he couldn't embrace.

It's not unfathomable that even President Trump may extend his congratulations to both Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini.