Political stalemate

Print edition : April 05, 2013

Comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo, whose 5SM party won 25 per cent of the vote. Photo: Roberto Monaldo/AP

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the Centre-Left coalition. Photo: Mauro Scrobogna/AP

President Giorgio Napolitano, who retires in April. Photo: FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

Prime Minister Mario Monti, a technocrat. Photo: MAX ROSSI/REUTERS

A three-way split in votes in the recent general election has complicated the political situation in a country that faces an economic crisis that many believe has been made worse by an austerity programme.
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