Italy's election outcome uncertain as votes split 3 ways

The anti-migrant Five Star Movement could control a future coalition.

— -- Italians woke up this morning to the possibility of a dramatically different government after Sunday’s general elections.

Because no single party or coalition appears to have won enough support to form a government, Italians may have to endure weeks of political haggling to determine the leader of the next government and who will be in it.

There is already a great deal of speculation as to which parties could form a majority. But with today’s win, the Five Star Movement will have a prominent voice in the shape of any future government. The party’s leader, Luigi Di Maio, insists that any politician chosen to hold future posts in power will have to operate on their "transparent" terms.

Yesterday’s vote has also upturned the balance of power within the center-right coalition. The anti-migrant Euro-skeptic League party, led by Matteo Salvini, won more votes than its coalition ally, the more moderate Forza Italia center-right party, led by the 81-year-old Berlusconi.

Salvini reiterated today that, per a pre-election pact, the League party can now call the shots within the coalition. He also vehemently said "no" to the party joining any "minestrone" grand-coalition government -- especially one led by the Five Star Movement. Berlusconi has yet to comment on the results.

With today’s results, the left-wing’s historic political stronghold in areas known as the "red belt" in the center and north of the country has vanished; the country now seemingly divided roughly in half, with the center-right coalition winning in the north of the county and the Five Star Movement taking strong control of the center and south of the country.

It is widely predicted that any possible government solution may take weeks and many surprise political options are possible along the way.