A person votes in a polling station in MIlan, Sunday, March 4, 2018. An election in Italy on Sunday will determine the makeup of the nation's Parliament and its next government. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)
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Italians voted Sunday in one of the most uncertain elections in years and one that could determine if Italy will succumb to the populist, euroskeptic and far-right sentiment that has swept through Europe.While the center-right coalition that capitalized on the anti-migrant sentiment led the polls, analysts predict the likeliest outcome is a hung parliament.Just which parties coalesce from among the three main blocs -- the center-right coalition, center-left coalition and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement -- will determine Italy's course.More than 46 million Italians were eligible to vote from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., including Italians abroad who already mailed in ballots.The 5-Star Movement hoped to capitalize on such disgust, particularly among Italy's young, and polls indicated the grassroots movement launched in 2009 by comic Beppe Grillo with the mantra for Italy's political establishment to "[expletive]-off" would be the largest vote-getter among any single party.Analysts predict the only coalition with a shot of reaching an absolute majority is the center-right coalition anchored by ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party. The coalition includes the anti-migrant League and the nationalistic, neofascist-rooted Brothers of Italy party.
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