URGENT ¥¥¥ Italy's Bersani called for expected government-forming mandate

Leftist leader Pier Luigi Bersani is expected to receive a formal invitation to attempt to form Italy's next government at a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday at 1600 GMT.

The meeting was scheduled after talks between political leaders aimed at resolving the deadlock created by elections in which the centre-left got the most votes but failed to get a majority in parliament.