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No clear options for Italy's next govt

Forming coalition tough as incumbent party loses to populist, inexperienced 'movements'

Despite being the big winners of Sunday's election, creating a government out of the populist Five-Star Movement party and the far-right League will be difficult as the two represent different interests.
Despite being the big winners of Sunday's election, creating a government out of the populist Five-Star Movement party and the far-right League will be difficult as the two represent different interests.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has embarked on discrete consultations with political parties in a bid to work out who may form the government, after the recent general election resulted in a triumph for populist parties and a meltdown of the existing political system.

But Mr Mattarella, whose powers are largely ceremonial, has admitted he will not be able to formally nominate the prime minister until well into next month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'No clear options for Italy's next govt'. Subscribe