Polling is underway in Italy as all eyes are on the capital, which has been without a mayor for over seven months. These elections are being viewed as a test for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's party.
With polls set to open, Italian voters are preparing to decide the political fate of their country. But amid a divided political landscape, Italy's ex-premier warned the country could see "extremists" come to power.
Italians are casting ballots in an election pollsters say will likely result in a hung parliament. A bid for power by a group led by scandal-ridden former premier Silvio Berlusconi has added spice to the campaign.
Former PM Matteo Renzi will reportedly resign as head of the ruling center-left Democratic Party after a crushing election defeat. Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition took the lead but may face a hung parliament.
Both the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the right-wing League have claimed victory after the first elections held under the new electoral system. Italy's neighbors are looking for stability.
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