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No clear options for Italy's next government

Although the results of the elections on March 4, 2018, have produced many losers among Italy's political class, they offer no pointers as to who should now run the country.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

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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