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    Italy’s Democratic Party Leader Ready for Coalition Talks as Snap Election Looms

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    ROME (Sputnik) - The leader of Italy’s Democratic Party said after consultations with the nation’s president on Thursday that he was open to talks on forming a coalition that would confront the right.

    "We have demonstrated to the president our readiness to explore an alternative majority and launch a new political phase," Nicola Zingaretti told reporters, adding he wanted to offer an "alternative to the right that would have a new agenda and a broad parliamentary base."

    President Sergio Mattarella gave major parties two days to agree on a caretaker government after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte quit Tuesday citing differences in the ruling coalition of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing League.

    He was earlier reported to be warming to a coalition with the M5S after first rejecting the idea, floated by his fellow party member and the former prime minister, Matteo Renzi.

    League’s leader Matteo Salvini has been pushing for a snap election instead that is expected to give him a mandate to form a fully right-wing government. Zingaretti said that the vote would be a "natural way out of the crisis," should coalition talks fail.

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