Italians go to the polls on March 4 in an election that could either help to rebalance the political environment or send shockwaves through the country and beyond.Voting will take place between 7 a.m. (1 a.m. ET) and 11 p.m. local time. The result is not expected to be officially counted until 2 p.m. Monday, however.Here’s a guide to the vote.Who are the main parties and candidates?Italian politics can seem a muddle of shifting alliances and allegiances and the country is not renowned for its political stability, having had 64 governments and numerous prime ministers since World War II.In 2018, there are “old faces” to look out for, such as the ever-resurgent Silvio Berlusconi, and some new personalities too.Most importantly, Italy’s political landscape is littered with coalitions and these could be decisive in the election result. So while the main parties are important, the alliances with other minor parties could prove decisive.
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