May 30, 2018 / 7:20 AM / 10 months ago

Italy PM-designate holding "informal talks" with president - source

FILE PHOTO: The podium where Carlo Cottarelli was waited to talk with reporters, after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, is seen at the Quirinal palace in Rome, Italy, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italian prime minister designate Carlo Cottarelli is holding “informal talks” with President Sergio Mattarella, a presidential source said on Wednesday.

Cottarelli, who has been trying to put together a stop-gap government to lead the country to early elections, had been expected to meet Mattarella formally, which led to expectations that he was ready to give the head of state a list of ministers. The source gave no details on why the informal talks were necessary.

Reporting By Massimiliano Di Giorgio; writing by Philip Pullella

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