Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi wipes the sweat off Northern League leader Matteo Salvini during a meeting in Rome, Italy, March 1, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement meanwhile broke with tradition by announcing its list of ministerial candidates, almost all of them political newcomers.Italy has a long history of finding a way out of apparently intractable political stalemate and newspaper commentators have speculated that in the event of a hung Parliament, Berlusconi would seek a broad coalition with the center-left.Berlusconi and Salvini have agreed that in the case of outright victory, whichever of their respective parties wins most votes will decide who should be prime minister.It was clear Thursday who was in command, with Berlusconi acting as ringmaster. Ministers do not have to be elected to Parliament in Italy.According to the last major polls, the Five Star Movement is set to become Italy's largest party after the March 4 election, but will not have a governing majority.
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