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Italy’s president gives parties more time to form ‘solid’ govt

Italy’s president gives parties more time to form ‘solid’ govt

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has agreed to political leaders’ request for more time to see if a viable government can be formed to replace the one that collapsed this week, AP reported.

Mattarella told reporters Thursday night that,in any case, he wants a “clear solution in rapid time.”

Party leaders told the president they want to see if they can reach a deal, which would avoid an early election. Another round of talks will be held, starting Tuesday.

Mattarella indicated that any new government must be solid enough to win a mandatory confidence vote in parliament and have a comprehensive program of goals. Otherwise, the president will have to dissolve parliament, paving the way for an election as early as this fall.