Italy hopes for end of impasse

Kasmira Jefford
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THE re-election of Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano has raised hopes of an end to two months of political stalemate, with a move to form a government foreseen within days.

Napolitano will likely spell out his strategy today, but made it clear before being re-elected that he favoured the formation of a government to a potentially destabilising new vote.

But the idea of a right-left government was criticised by 5-Star Movement’s Beppe Grillo, who described it desperate attempt to retain power by a discredited elite.