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Italy's Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani is favourite to win Italy's general election. He is a former communist who supported tough economic reforms spearheaded by incumbent Mario Monti.
Italians have begun voting for a second day in a general election that is being closely watched by the country's eurozone partners as well as international investors.
Polls are due to close at 2pm GMT.
According to recent polls ahead of Italy's election:
- Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left alliance was in the lead with 33 per cent of the vote.
- Silvio Berlusconi's coalition with the populist Northern League had 28 per cent.
- Grillo's 5 Star movement was in third place, with 17 per cent support.
The COESIS poll surveyed 6,212 respondents.
Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has cast his vote in the country's general election.
Meanwhile, as former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi voted three female protesters pulled off their tops to display the slogan "Basta Silvio! which was scrawled across their bodies.
Police detained the women for questioning and Italian news reports said the three were members of a feminist protest group.
Italians have begun voting in the country's general election which is being closely watched in the eurozone, amid fears political instability could hinder efforts to tackle its economic problems.
It is expected to be closely fought by the centre-left Democratic party led by Pier Luigi Bersani and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Freedom People party
Polling booths will remain open until Monday afternoon.
Exit polls will come out soon after voting ends and official results are expected by early Tuesday.
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