by Marzia De Giuli
MILAN, Italy, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- "Fair labor system, renewal energies, morality in politics is what we will fight for in the new government," Santo Cipolla, an unemployed Italian, said after casting his vote Monday at a polling station.
Cipolla voted for the Five Star Movement of comedian-turned-activist Beppe Grillo, who was expected to be a "surprise" in Sunday and Monday's italian national election.
According to partial polls, the center-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani and the center-right formation of entrepreneur Silvio Berlusconi, who has ruled Italy for almost 10 years, were contending for both houses of the parliament with a slight variance.
The obvious outcome is that the parliament coming out from elections will have to come down to alliances, local observers said.
But whatever the post-vote agreements would be, the new government will have to deal with Grillo's group, which won record-high support of more than 30 percent in important regions such as Sicily and Marche, placing as a leading force on the national level.
"We will have over 100 representatives in parliament, and millions outside it to stop fraud spending from old leaders," Grill said after the results.
"I have two children who have the right to dream of a future, and the three of us came here today to ask for a change," said another voter, Giovanna Corsi.
Giovanni Caprera, a retired man who accompanied his wife to the polls, told Xinhua that he has had it with "hundreds of politicians who have enriched over the shoulders of troubled Italians."
Grillo's anti-establishment program, despite being considered by many as detached and populist, was especially centered on large budget cuts for politics and more services provided for citizens.
"He has managed to attract millions of undecided who did not feel in line with old politicians and their election campaign over and over again," said the chief editor of L'Espresso news magazine, Bruno Manfellotto.
"Grillo has plainly reached his political goal to impose new lawmakers and make the new government very unstable," he pointed out, adding that the possible obstructionist role of Grillo's group in parliament may lead to early elections.