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Italy election: Bersani first speech

26 February 2013 Last updated at 17:15 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 ex-PM 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".

Pier Luigi Bersani said in his first speech since the elections that he is aware of the huge responsibility his party faces.