ROME, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Italy's center-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani has shown a lead in the parliamentary election, national TV channel RAI News said on Monday citing exit polls.
The center-left gained 35 to 37 percent of votes in the lower house, beating ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's center-right and other candidates in order to be assigned of forming a new government.
Sky Italia also suggested Bersani's lead with its own polls, projecting 34 percent of votes for the center-left in the lower house.
The center-left is also projected to lead in the the Senate, which has equal law-making powers. But it remains unclear whether it can seek a majority in the Senate as its voting is on a regional basis.
The latest estimates have been in line with previous opinion polls predicting Bersani's narrow lead in the lower house but failure to gain a majority alone in the Senate. The preliminary official result will soon be released by Italy's interior ministry.
All polls closed at 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon after a two-day nationwide election. Voters as well as global investors have been anxiously waiting the final outcome that could determine Italy's future and eurozone's stability.