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25/02/2013, 19:11 - Journalists at the PD (Partito Democratico) media centre.<br />
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Rome, 25/26 February 2013. Covering the chaotic two days of the Italian General Elections 2013. Italy's second day of voting is fraught with conflicting and often erroneous exit polls and projections that contradict official results from the Viminale. While citizens vote (a 75.19% turnout), journalists and broadcasters follow the polls that project an almost certain victory for the centre left coalition of Pier Luigi Bersani. As official results come through, an unexpected and deeply contentious deadlock situation emerges - with neither of the established parties (Bersani's centre left PD, and Berlusconi's centre right PDL) achieving a clear majority in the Senate, and the "tsunami" of Beppe Grillo's Movimento 5 Stelle gaining a stronghold in both the Chambers.<br />
The official results show:<br />
Camera dei Deputati, seats: 345 PD; 125 PDL; 109 M5S; 47 Monti;<br />
Senato della Repubblica, seats: 123 PD; 117 PDL; 54 M5S; 19 Monti.<br />
Meanwhile, there were none of the traditional celebrations or protests in public squares, no placards, flags, car horns or tears in the streets of Rome. Italy was strangely quiet - except for the sound of fingers tapping on keyboards. Italians were engaged in continual and often fierce discussions as the story unfolded - on social networks, blogs and online news articles.<br />
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Reportage produced by:<br />
- Luca Neve, http://www.lucaneve.com/<br />
- Laura Melcion, http://www.lauramelcion.com/<br />
- Nelson Pereira, http://www.nelsonpereira.co.uk/
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25/02/2013, 19:11 - Journalists at the PD (Partito Democratico) media centre.

Rome, 25/26 February 2013. Covering the chaotic two days of the Italian General Elections 2013. Italy's second day of voting is fraught with conflicting and often erroneous exit polls and projections that contradict official results from the Viminale. While citizens vote (a 75.19% turnout), journalists and broadcasters follow the polls that project an almost certain victory for the centre left...
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