A coalition contract published by Italy's far-right League party and anti-establishment Five Star Movement aims to end over two months of political deadlock after inconclusive elections in March
Italy succumbs to the forces of populism with voters increasingly attracted to leaders railing against the establishment.
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is unwanted, but the largest grouping in Italy's parliament needs his party's support to be part of a majority coalition.
A horse-trading deal could now pave the way for discussions over who will lead the country as a Five Star Movement member was chosen as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies while a Forza Italia was voted head of the Senate.
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With no faction winning a clear majority in Sunday's vote and the two rival leaders claiming victory, a hung Parliament is expected and long, fraught negotiations to form a new government lie ahead.
Sunday’s result could leave Italians without a clear winner, complicating the country’s already uncertain political future.
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