December 28, 2017 / 5:26 PM / 9 months ago

Italy President dissolves parliament ahead of elections

ROME, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday signed a decree to dissolve parliament, Mattarella’s office said in a statement, in the last step necessary before the government can set the date of new elections.

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s cabinet is due to meet at 18:30 (17:30 GMT) to fix the date of the vote, which is widely expected to be March 4. (Reporting By Gavin Jones, Editing by Isla Binnie)

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