Italian president meeting center-left leader before announcing who will try to form next govt

Italy's president has summoned center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani as he nears a decision on who will try to form a new government.

President Giorgio Napolitano is expected to announce Friday which political leader will get the first shot at forming a new government following the inconclusive February election that produced no clear winner.

Bersani won control of the lower house but no party won a majority in the Senate.

Bersani has ruled out a coalition with Silvo Berlusconi's center-right coalition, which finished second. And the political movement founded by comic Beppe Grillo, which finished third, has ruled out supporting any established political force.

If the political gridlock is not resolved, Italy would have to hold a new election.