Italy president tasks senate speaker to see if government can be formed

FILE PHOTO: The newly elected Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati leaves after the meeting with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday asked Senate speaker Maria Casellati to meet with political parties to see if a government could be formed.

At a meeting at the presidential palace, Mattarella gave her an "exploratory mandate" and a Friday deadline to report back to him about the possibility of breaking the deadlock that has prevented the formation of a government since inconclusive elections on March 4.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella)

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