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Split vote throws Italy into political gridlock

A portrait of Silvio Berlusconi reading "love always wins over envy and hate" hangs at People of Freedom party (PDL) headquarters in Rome on February 25, 2013. In the 305-seat Italian Senate, preliminary vote results showed Berlusconi's coalition could wiItaly headed for gridlock and financial markets tumbled with a stalemate in parliament between right and left after critical elections in which the real winner might be a new protest party calling for a referendum on the euro.