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A picture shows the stage of the Democratic Party with the slogan... News PhotoDemocracy,Democratic Party - Italy,Election,Headquarters,Horizontal,Italy,Performance,Placard,Politics,Rome - Italy,Showing,Stage - Performance SpacePhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA picture shows the stage of the Democratic Party (PD) with the slogan 'L'Italia Giusta' (Italy Right) at the PD headquarters in Rome on February 25, 2013. Italy's centre-left was poised to beat Silvio Berlusconi on Monday but might fail to win the upper house and require a coalition in a nail-biting finish to key elections in which a new anti-austerity party is also set to make inroads. Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani and his leftist coalition were shown ahead in exit polls with between 34.5 and 37 percent overall, beating the 29 to 31 percent for former premier Berlusconi. The newcomer Five Star Movement led by former comedian turned activist Beppe Grillo, who has stirred public anger at politicians and budget cuts, looked set to come in third with around 20 percent. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)