Italy election ends in stalemate
26 February 2013 Last updated at 07:39 GMT
Italy's parliamentary elections have ended in stalemate and the possibility of a hung parliament.
With all domestic votes counted, Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left bloc has narrowly beaten former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in the lower house but has failed to secure a majority in the Senate.
Control of both houses is needed to govern and a Berlusconi official said the election was "too close to call".
A protest movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo won a quarter of the vote.
The BBC's Katya Adler reports from Rome.