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Italy dissolves parliament for election

Staff Writer | December 28, 2017
Italy's President Sergio Mattarella dissolved parliament as the country prepares for general elections in March.
Sergio Mattarella
Europe   The vote is expected to be split
Next year's elections, expected to be held on March 4, may mark a new era of uncertainty for the country.

With the vote expected to be split between the right, centre-left and the populist Five Star movement, the next parliament could be left without a clear majority.

But in a country that has had 64 governments since 1946, instability is nothing new.

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is the third leader of the parliament that was elected in 2013.

Gentiloni visited Mattarella on Thursday to announce that work was finished on adopting the 2018 budget, which passed last week.

Mattarella then "signed a decree dissolving the Senate and the chamber of deputies," according to a statement from his office.