Italian election likely to end in hung parliament — here’s what’s next

Paper ballots are counted after the end of voting inside Italian general elections on March 4, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

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Paper ballots are counted after the end of voting inside Italian general elections on March 4, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

Once the parliament reconvenes on March 23, Mattarella will be able to nominate a prime minister-designate.

According to research firm the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), “Mattarella may also award an ‘exploratory’ mandate, giving a prime minister-designate several days to negotiate with various other parties before reporting back to him.”

“More than one round of talks will be possible, as the president would certainly be very unlikely to award a ‘full’ mandate to form a government along with schedule a parliamentary confidence debate without assurances that will the administration commands a clear majority,” the research group said.

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