NO CLEAR DECISION: The prospect of political paralysis hung over Italy as partial official results in crucial elections showed an upstart protest campaign led by a comedian making stunning inroads, and mainstream forces of center-left and center-right wrestling for control of Parliament's two houses.
NO JOKER: Comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo turned in an astonishing performance, as his 5 Star Movement capitalized on a wave of voter disgust with the ruling political class in the eurozone's third largest economy.
SILVIO'S SURPRISE: Billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, forced from the premiership at the end of 2011 by Italy's debt crisis, has a strong chance of capturing the Italian Senate. His main rival, the center-left Pier Luigi Bersani, appeared headed toward victory in Parliament's lower house.
- Politics & Government
- Beppe Grillo