Founder of Italy's populist party Five Star Movement (M5S) Beppe Grillo leaves M5S headquarters for the elections, on March 5, 2018 in Rome. AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE
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Renzi took to Facebook Tuesday after national election results showed his once-dominant Democratic Party (PD) had brought the center-left to its worst showing ever, with the coalition taking less than 23 percent of the vote.The center-right coalition had 37 percent and the anti-establishment 5-Stars 32 percent. Renzi drew criticism from within the PD when he announced Monday that he was delaying his resignation as PD secretary until after the government is formed. The delay was seen as a maneuver to stem any potential Democrats from jumping ship to back the 5-Stars, but critics also questioned Renzi's motives and called it a "fake" resignation.The league won around 17 percent of the vote at the election, ahead of about 14 percent for Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party.
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