Italy's president gives four-day deadline for coalition talks

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has placed the search for a new government in the hands of an intermediary following the resignation of Giuseppe Conte as prime minister. Mattarella turned to the head of the lower house of parliament, Roberto Fico, and tasked him with mediating among the parties of the previous ruling coalition to see if it could be revived. But the president gave Fico just four days to make progress, according to Mattarella’s office. Mattarella himself had been holding talks with parties in recent days. Failure to agree on a new government could lead to early elections and…

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