Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella wants political parties to reach a deal to form a new government in the next few days if they want to avoid early elections, Reuters cited a source close to him as saying on Thursday.

The head of state has started consultations to form a new government after the ruling coalition collapsed and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned.

On Thursday, Mattarella will meet delegations from the center-left Democratic Party and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which could forge a new ruling coalition.

The president wants clear signals of a possible deal to see major developments by early next week, according to the source.

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