ROME – Italian lawmakers have elected the speakers of both chambers of parliament following an inconclusive March 4 election, giving the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement leadership of one chamber and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia the other.
Forza Italia Sen. Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, a longtime Berlusconi ally, became the first woman to be elected Senate president during the second day of voting Saturday.
The 5-Stars' Roberto Fico was elected president of the lower Chamber of Deputies.
Despite the agreement, there is still no solid indication that either of the two biggest vote-getters from the election — the 5-Stars and the center-right coalition of Forza Italia and the anti-immigrant League — are any closer to forming a government.
Negotiations on whether either main bloc can find a majority are expected to last weeks.