August 22, 2019 / 7:42 AM / a month ago

Italy's president wants quick political deal on new govt - source

ROME, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Italy’s head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, wants political parties to reach a deal to form a new government in the next few days if they want to avoid early elections, a source close to him said on Thursday.

The president has started consultations to find a new government, after the ruling coalition collapsed and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned.

On Thursday, Mattarella will meet delegations from the centre-left Democratic Party and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which could forge a new ruling coalition.

The president wants clear signals of a possible deal on Thursday and to see major developments by early next week, the source said. (Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni Editing by Mark Bendeich)

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