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Low turnout as austerity-weary Italy holds key vote

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Italy on Monday was winding up landmark elections watched warily by eurozone neighbours fearful that no clear winner will emerge, while a lacklustre turnout reflected widespread frustration among voters fed up with austerity cuts and a grinding recession. 

Elsa, wife of Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti, casts her ballot in a polling station on February 24, 2013 in Milan. Polls reopened in Italy on Monday for a second and final day of voting in a critical election for the future of the eurozone in which the centre-left Democratic Party is expected to win but fall short of a governing majority.

Sunday, the first of a two-day vote, saw a sharp drop in turnout of seven percentage points compared with the last elections in 2008, standing at 55 percent going into Monday's polling.

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