Counting the votes in Italy as election ends in stalemate
26 February 2013 Last updated at 02:31 GMT
Italy's parliamentary elections have ended in stalemate and the possibility of a hung parliament.
Italy's interior ministry is overseeing the election count and journalists there are awaiting the final results.
With nearly all the votes counted, the centre-left has narrowly won the lower house of parliament but Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right is challenging for control of the Senate
A protest movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo surged into third place.
Alan Johnston reports from the Interior Ministry.