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Italy PM-designate holding "informal talks" with president - source

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Italy PM-designate holding "informal talks" with president - source
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ROME (Reuters) – Italian prime minister designate Carlo Cottarelli is holding “informal talks” with President Sergio Mattarella, a presidential source said on Wednesday.

Cottarelli, who has been trying to put together a stop-gap government to lead the country to early elections, had been expected to meet Mattarella formally, which led to expectations that he was ready to give the head of state a list of ministers. The source gave no details on why the informal talks were necessary.

(Reporting By Massimiliano Di Giorgio; writing by Philip Pullella)

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