Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has asked 10 experts and political figures to help solve the impasse stemming from February’s inconclusive elections.

The figures included the former president of Constitutional Court Valerio Onida; the head of national statistics institute Istat Enrico Giovannini; as well as leading politicians belonging to the main forces in Parliament.

Mr. Napolitano’s decision follows intensive but fruitless meetings with parties Friday to try to reach a consensus after Pier Luigi Bersani, whose centre-left coalition was the most voted in the Feb 24-25 elections, failed to persuade the other forces to support a centre-Left government.

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