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Italy’s President Ends Talks With Leaders as Five Star Backs Conte

  • Head of state Mattarella may appoint Roberto Fico as envoy
  • Main coalition force wants return of Premier Giuseppe Conte
Giuseppe Conte
Giuseppe ContePhotographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
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Italy’s president summoned the speaker of the lower house of parliament Friday evening and will likely ask him to lead negotiations aimed at solving the country’s political impasse.

President Sergio Mattarella will meet speaker Roberto Fico at 7.30 p.m. in Rome, the head of state’s spokesman told reporters after three days of talks between the president and party leaders. Mattarella wants a quick solution of the stalemate that led to the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte earlier this week.