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Italian Parliament Totally Gridlocked

Italy's new parliament sat on Friday for the first time since an inconclusive general election produced a political stalemate that meant deputies and senators were unable even to elect speakers for either chamber.

The February election gave the center left a majority in the lower house but not in the Senate, leaving it unable to form a government and raising the specter of a return to the polls and the threat of renewed market turmoil.

Center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani has so far ruled out any deal with Berlusconi's center-right bloc, the second-biggest force in parliament. But his overtures to the major new force in Italian politics - Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement - have been rebuffed.

Source: Reuters. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    Amazing! I'm envious of the Italians!

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    I imagine there's a certain amount of celebrating in the streets going on.

  • Ted Levy||

    Italian parliament totally gridlocked.

    Get over it already! The Francis decision was final....