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Italian general election, 2013
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A general election took place on 24–25 February 2013 to determine the 630 members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the 315 elective members of the Senate for the 17th Parliament of the Italian Republic.[2][3] According to results, the centre-left alliance Italy Common Good led by the Democratic Party obtained a clear majority of seats in the Chamber of Deputies, thanks to a majority bonus that has effectively trebled the number of seats assigned to the winning force, while in the popular vote it narrowly defeated the centre-right alliance of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Close behind, the new anti-establishment Five Star Movement of comedian Beppe Grillo became the third force, clearly ahead of the centrist coalition of outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti. In the Senate, no political group or party won an outright majority, resulting effectively in a hung parliament.[4][5]

Italian general election, 2013

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All 630 seats to the Italian Chamber of Deputies and 315 (out of the 319) seats to the Italian S enate

Turnout First party

75.19%[1] Second party

Contents
1 Background 2 Campaign 3 Electoral system 4 Coalitions and electoral lists 5 Opinion polls 6 Results for Chamber of Deputies 6.1 Italy (main electoral region) 6.2 Aosta Valley 6.3 Italians abroad 6.4 Seat totals for Chamber of Deputies 6.5 Overall result 7 Results for the Senate 7.1 Italy (main electoral region) 7.2 Trentino-Alto Adige/South Tyrol 7.3 Aosta Valley 7.4 Italians abroad 7.5 Seat totals for Senate 7.6 Overall result 7.7 By region 8 Reaction and aftermath 9 References 10 External links

Leader Party Alliance Leader since Seats won Popular vote Percentage

Pier Luigi Bersani Democratic Party Italy. Common Good 25 October 2009 345 (C) 123 (S) 10,047,507 (coalition) 29.5% (coalition) Third party

Silvio Berlusconi The People of Freedom Centre-right coalition 18 January 1994 125 (C) 117 (S) 9,923,100 (coalition) 29.1% (coalition) Fourth party

Background
Following the European sovereign debt crisis, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned from his position in November 2011; he was also facing criminal charges, including allegations of sex with an underage prostitute. He was replaced as Prime Minister by technocratic Senator for Life Mario Monti. In December 2012, Berlusconi announced his intention to run for Prime Minister for a fourth time. Shortly after, his party, People of Freedom (PdL), withdrew endorsement for Monti's Cabinet and Monti announced he would resign[6] after sending the annual budget to parliament, which was expected by Christmas. The Constitution of Italy then requires an election to be held within 70 days of the dissolution of parliament by President Giorgio Napolitano. Monti's resignation came after he said that, following the PdL's withdrawal, he "matured [to] the conviction that we could not continue like this any longer,"[7] and that he could not govern with a loss of support for his platform.[8] During Monti's tenure, Italy had faced tax increases and state spending cuts, as well as reforms intended to improve the competitiveness of the Italian economy.[9] On the other hand, PdL parliamentary party leader Angelino Alfano told parliament on 7 December that Italy's debt, unemployment, and tax rates had risen in contrast to the economy since Monti became prime minister.[7][10] In the approximately one year since Monti took office, unemployment rose by almost two percent.[10] Previously Monti had controversially told the rising tide of youth unemployment to forget about a steady job for life, saying such is "monotonous [anyway and] it's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_general_election,_2013 Leader Party Alliance Leader since Seats won Popular vote Percentage

Beppe Grillo Five Star Movement Five Star…