Polls open in Italy election

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Italy: Polls across Italy have opened in the early hours with millions of Italians set to cast their ballot in a national election that could bring the country’s most right-wing government to power since World War II.

More than 50 million Italians eligible to vote on Sunday – including 4.7 million who live abroad – will elect new representatives of a slimmed-down parliament: 200 members for the Senate and 400 for the Chamber of Deputies.

Polls opened at 7am and will close at 11pm local time (05:00 – 21:00 GMT). Exit polls are expected later in the day, but official results will not be announced until Monday.

The electoral campaign kicked off during the summer after political infighting led to the collapse of outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government in July.

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