Journalists wait for vote results at the headquarters of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party (PDL) in downtown Rome on February 25, 2013. - 

Global stock markets are down sharply this morning after Italian voters gave the world's eighth largest economy a dose of political uncertainty. Poll results today show power is split between a number of parties, including one led by former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist with Mesirow Financial, joins Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson to discuss how the uncertainty in Italy is affecting other fragile countries in the region.

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