Italy talks fail again to end political deadlock

Italy's president and party leaders have failed in another round of talks to end five weeks of political deadlock over forming a new government.

The nation had been waiting to see if President Giorgio Napolitano had chosen someone new on Friday to try to forge a viable coalition after inconclusive election results last month.

But Napolitano's office said the head of state was taking more time to find a way out of the impasse. Analysts say Napolitano will most likely ask a figure outside of partisan politics to put together a government that can last long enough to enact economic and electoral reform before new elections are called.

Parliament is largely split in three blocs, each without enough seats to govern alone.


Five Star Movement Senate coordinator Vito Crimi, left, and Lower Chamber coordinator Roberta Lombardi arrive to meet reporters at the end of their talks with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on the formation of a new government, at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, Friday, March 29, 2013. Napolitano is holding a day of consultations Friday after the center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani announced he had failed to form a government, to "personally ascertain the developments possible," the president's secretary general, Donato Marra, said. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)