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Italy awaits president's word to end political impasse

Published on Mar 30, 2013 12:15 PM
 
Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano delivers a speech on March 22, 2013 at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. Italy was in suspense on Saturday ahead of Mr Napolitano's expected proposal for who should lead the eurozone's third-largest economy after elections that left no clear winner. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Italy was in suspense on Saturday ahead of President Giorgio Napolitano's expected proposal for who should lead the eurozone's third-largest economy after elections that left no clear winner.

The latest round of talks aimed at breaking the deadlock ended on Friday with no solution in sight after the three main political forces proposed different visions for a future government.

Mr Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left coalition, which secured the most votes in the February elections but failed to win a majority, ruled out an alliance with Mr Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right grouping which came a very close second.

Mr Berlusconi has said a cross-party deal is the only viable solution.

 
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