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10 July, Friday

Italian president sets Tuesday deadline to find new coalition

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella has set a Tuesday deadline for squabbling political parties to form a workable coalition government, two days after a dysfunctional populist alliance broke up throwing the country into political turmoil, AFP reports.

Mattarella, 78, concluded two days of crisis talks with key political players on Thursday to see if a viable coalition could be formed following the disintegration of the partnership between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League.

"On Tuesday, I will hold further consultations and make the necessary decisions," Mattarella told reporters at the presidential palace.

"The crisis must be resolved in a timely manner and with clear decisions," he said.

After an intense 48 hours of political wrangling, Mattarella said a future coalition would need a specific program that could be passed in parliament.

If a coalition is not formed then Mattarella could consider a technical government or call an early election -- just 14 months after the last parliamentary vote.

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