Italian president moots ‘neutral’ government as crisis lingers

Rome (AFP) – Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Monday proposed the formation of a “neutral” government to steer the country until December if bickering political parties fail to form a ruling coalition after inconclusive elections in March.

Mattarella called on the warring parties to show “responsibility” and support his as yet unnamed government, without which he said he would convene elections in July or in the autumn.