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URGENT ¥¥¥ Leftist Bersani gets nod to form Italy government: president


Leftist leader Pier Luigi Bersani got the formal go-ahead on Friday to try to form Italy's next government even though his coalition failed to win an overall majority in parliament in elections last month.

"I have asked Bersani to verify whether he has the parliamentary support required to form a new government. He will refer back to me as soon as possible," President Giorgio Napolitano said after two days of consultations with political leaders.