An activist wearing a mask of Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi poses during a tour, the day after Italy's parliamentary election, in Rome, Italy March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Two anti-establishment leaders made early plays to govern Italy Monday, sending ripples across the euro zone after voters relegated mainstream parties to the sidelines in delivering a hung Parliament.The rightist alliance that also includes former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) won around 37 percent of the vote – but for the first time the League emerged as the senior partner.Forza Italia said it was open to welcoming in other parties to create a center-right government.In Italy, where the economy is 6 percent smaller than a decade ago and unemployment is stuck near 11 percent, Sunday's biggest loser was former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) that has ruled since 2013 .The party secured less than 20 percent of the vote, its worst ever showing, prompting Renzi to resign as leader. The European Union has insisted that Italy take charge of the newcomers, letting hardly any of them move to other EU states.Prolonged political stalemate could make heavily indebted Italy the focus of market concern in Europe.
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