Reports say Italy’s ruling centre-left Democratic Party has admitted today that it had suffered a clear defeat in a general election after coming in third according to projections.

Michele Martina, a minister in the outgoing government, told reporters.

The centre-left coalition led by the Democratic Party was projected to score just 23.1 percent, after the main right-wing alliance at 35.5 percent and the anti-establishment five star movement at 32.5 percent.

The AGI News Agency said party leader Matteo Renzi was now considering resigning – a possibility he had previously ruled out even if his party lost.

-The Guardian