LONDON - Italian President Sergio Mattarella has embarked on discrete consultations with political parties in an effort to work out who may form the government after the recent general elections resulted in a triumph for populist parties and a meltdown of the existing political system.
But Mr Mattarella, whose powers as head of state are largely ceremonial, has admitted that he will not be able to formally nominate Italy's prime minister until well into next month.
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