Italian president summons centre-left leader amid deadlock

ROME (Reuters) - President Giorgio Napolitano called centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to a meeting at 5 p.m. (04:00 a.m. British time) on Friday after concluding consultations with political leaders on how to end Italy's political deadlock.

A statement from Napolitano's palace did not give the reason for the meeting, but Bersani says he should have the first crack at trying to form a government following inconclusive elections last month.

No one emerged from the election with a workable majority in parliament. Bersani's bloc controls the lower house but not a majority of Senate seats, and both houses have equal legislative powers.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer; editing by Barry Moody)