|Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (left) and Coalition Leader Tony Abbott (right)|
Voters have likely delivered Australia its first hung parliament since 1940, which means neither Labor nor the opposition Liberal/National coalition had the outright majority of 76 seats to form government.
The three sitting independent MPs on Monday promised to work as closely together as possible as a political deadlock continues to hang over the country.
—— Excerpt from Hung parliament negotiations continue in Australia
deadlock 指的是a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible，即“僵局”；那么“打破僵局”就要用break a deadlock 来表示；而“陷入僵局”则用reach a deadlock 表示。例：
The negotiations came to a deadlock.
He has brought things to a deadlock.
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda resigned on Monday in an effort to break a political deadlock, becoming the second Japanese leader to resign abruptly in less than a year.
Romania has been in a political gridlock since mid-October, when its democrat liberal government was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament, the first in the 20 years after the fall of the communist regime.
President Traian Basescu failed to win Parliament support for a new prime minister and the country will likely not to have a legitimate government in place before the election runoff scheduled for December 6.
—— Excerpt from Presidential elections begin in Romania
这里用的是 gridlock 的比喻义“瘫痪，僵局”。gridlock 这个词的本义是指极端严重的交通堵塞。例如，英国广播公司在一篇报道里引用新华社的报道说：
The gridlock, which started August 14, involves thousands of trucks between the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the Chinese capital of Beijing.
Many of the vehicles stuck in the gridlock are trucks carrying coal and fruit.
Motorists have been warned to avoid Brisbane's Story Bridge after a broken down car caused gridlock in the afternoon peak-hour run.
Traffic was brought to a standstill by the accident.