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Nicola Zingaretti, the head of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), said he wanted to explore the possibility of sharing power with 5-Star for the final three years of the legislature. If this bid failed, snap elections should be held, he said.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella is due to start two days of talks with various party leaders later on Wednesday to seek a way out of a political crisis triggered by the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Conte had overseen a coalition compromising 5-Star and the far-right League, led by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who decided to collapse the alliance and push for early elections, hoping to cash in on his surging popularity in the polls.Read More

By Ian Dei

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