Italy poised for last-ditch talks to form new government

ROME (AFP) – Italy’s President is due to begin a fresh round of talks with discordant political parties today aimed at finding a new coalition government and ending a political crisis sparked by the collapse of the ruling populist alliance.

President Sergio Mattarella is tasked with charting a path out of the impasse in the eurozone’s third largest economy, after the partnership between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League disintegrated this month and the prime minister resigned.

He has given the parties until Monday night to come to an agreement, according to reports, but if no solid majority

emerges he will call an early election for November 10 – less than two years after the last parliamentary vote.