March 4, 2018 / 11:48 PM / a year ago

5-star deputy calls Italy election result a 'triumph'

FILE PHOTO - 5-Star movement Luigi Di Maio (L) and Alessandro Di Battista are seen on stage during the final rally for the regional election in Palermo, Italy, November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

ROME (Reuters) - A prominent deputy from Italy’s 5-Star Movement said early projections of the results of a national election suggested a “triumph” for the anti-establishment party.

If the numbers are confirmed, “this is a real moment of glory,” Alessandro Di Battista said after a projection suggested the group had 33 percent of the vote in the upper house Senate, making it the largest single party by a wide margin.

“Everyone will have to come and talk to us,” he added, referring to negotiations to form a government which will follow the vote, which has almost certainly given no party or coalition an outright majority.

Reporting by Isla Binnie, editing by Gavin Jones

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