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Italy's center-left leader fails to form a government, president will consider next step

Italy's center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani says talks to form a new government have failed.

Bersani told reporters that some of the conditions set by other parties during nearly a week of talks were "unacceptable." He informed President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday that his attempts to form a government failed. It will be up to Napolitano to decide the next step.

The failure makes more likely a possible technical government with a well-defined mission to take on urgent tasks to protect the Italian economy.

Bersani has been in consultations since being tapped last Friday. But the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement made clear that it wouldn't back Bersani or any established party.

Bersani's coalition controls the lower house but not the Senate. He excluded an alliance with Silvio Berlusconi's center-right forces.