Italian president needs time to consider prime minister: source

 Italian president needs time to consider prime minister: source

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella needs time to consider a request by the anti-system 5-Star Movement and far-right League to nominate a political novice as prime minister, a source close to the president said on Monday.

The 5-Star and League earlier in the day asked the president to appoint a little-known law professor, Giuseppe Conte, to head the coalition government they want to form.

Mattarella has not yet summoned Conte to give him a mandate but has instead called in the heads of the lower and upper houses of parliament for meetings on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Gavin Jones)

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Updated Date: May 22, 2018 00:07:56 IST