Race for new Italy government enters final stage

Resigned Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's coalition partner is the New Centre-Right (NCD), headed by interior minister Angelino Alfano (pictured)The race to resolve debt-laden Italy’s political crisis steps up a gear on Saturday, with President Sergio Mattarella meeting the key players in talks watched closely by Europe. Representatives of Italy’s main parties — including the populist Five Star movement — are headed to the presidential palace, their task to agree on a new government made even more urgent by fears of a banking crisis in the eurozone’s third-largest economy. Italy was plunged into political uncertainty by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following a crushing referendum defeat.

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