August 26, 2019 / 3:27 PM / 3 months ago

Italy president to meet 5-Star, PD on government crisis on Wednesday

FILE PHOTO: Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti speaks to the media after consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella will meet the leaders of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing government crisis, the president’s office said.

The timetable of Mattarella’s consultations gives the two parties a little more time to clinch a possible deal over forming a new government, after the president said last week he wanted them to report back on Tuesday.

Mattarella will meet minor parties on Tuesday and then hear the PD on Wednesday at 1400 GMT before closing his consultations with 5-Star at 1700 GMT.

Reporting By Gavin Jones

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