Italy's president says faces political deadlock, to wait 'a few days'

Henrietta Strickland
April 16, 2018

The head of state could alternatively give a so-called "exploratory mandate" to one of the parliamentary speakers or another figure, asking them to establish whether a working majority is possible - that mediator would not then become premier, the official said.

However, he stressed the need to quickly form a new government given a series of pressing domestic and worldwide issues like the tensions surrounding Syria, but said that he would wait a few days before deciding how to "end the deadlock".

"Our citizen's' expectations, the struggle on the world markets, upcoming events within the European Union, the upscaling of worldwide tension in areas not far from Italy require that there is urgently a positive engagement between the parties to reach this goal".

"I stressed with the parties the need for our country to have a government with full powers in place ..."

Italy's president says a second round of consultations aimed at forming a new government has failed, and that he will consider for a few days how to break the logjam.

In March 4 general elections, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and a conservative bloc led by the far-right League emerged as the biggest political forces.

In a thinly-veiled attack on Five Star, which has offered to govern with the League but has rejected any deal with his center-right ally Silvio Berlusconi, Salvini denounced Thursday "a game of political tactics, of refusals, and of vetoes while Italians suffer and await solutions". None of the parties, however, has enough seats in parliament to govern alone.

The 81-year-old broke ranks at the end of Salvini's post-consultation speech to media on Thursday, blasting the M5S as not knowing "the ABCs of democracy".

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