AFP: Italy's president launches talks to solve political crisis22 August 2019 | 05:16 | FOCUS News Agency
President Sergio Mattarella met political figures, including the leaders of both houses of parliament, following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the disintegration of Italy's anti-immigrant government.
He will meet the main party chiefs on Thursday.
Political manoeuvring to form a new coalition has already started with Democratic Party (PD) leader Nicola Zingaretti saying his members were "united" in making a deal with Five Star (M5S).
Mattarella is exploring whether a stable coalition is possible.
If not he will consider a short-term technocratic government or a snap election, just 14 months after Conte took the helm of the doomed alliance between the far-right League and M5S.
Conte quit on Tuesday after lashing out at Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who tried to bring down the government to force a snap election and take advantage of a surge in popularity for his League party.
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