Europe

Italian foreign minister looks poised to get premier's job

  • Italian President Sergio Mattarella arrives to meet reporters at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. With a banking crisis adding urgency, Italy’s president was wrapping up political consultations Saturday, including with Parliament’s largest party, the Democrats, before picking a replacement for caretaker Premier Matteo Renzi. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)

    Italian President Sergio Mattarella arrives to meet reporters at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. With a banking crisis adding urgency, Italy’s president was wrapping up political consultations Saturday, including with Parliament’s largest party, the Democrats, before picking a replacement for caretaker Premier Matteo Renzi. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian President Sergio Mattarella meets the media at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. With a banking crisis adding urgency, Italy’s president was wrapping up political consultations Saturday, including with Parliament’s largest party, the Democrats, before picking a replacement for caretaker Premier Matteo Renzi. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)

    Italian President Sergio Mattarella meets the media at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. With a banking crisis adding urgency, Italy’s president was wrapping up political consultations Saturday, including with Parliament’s largest party, the Democrats, before picking a replacement for caretaker Premier Matteo Renzi. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 file photo, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni talks during a joint press conference with Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara. Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been summoned to the presidential palace to see the president Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, who could ask him to be premier and try to form a government. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 file photo, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni talks during a joint press conference with Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara. Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been summoned to the presidential palace to see the president Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, who could ask him to be premier and try to form a government. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)  (The Associated Press)

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been summoned to the presidential palace in Rome to see the president, who could ask him to be premier and try to form a government.

The palace's one-line statement Sunday morning did not elaborate about President Sergio Mattarella's request to Gentiloni.

But Mattarella, in wrapping up consultations Saturday night with political leaders, said he hoped in the "next hours" to confer the mandate to form a fresh government following Matteo Renzi's resignation as premier on Dec. 7.

Renzi quit as head of the center-left government after losing a voter referendum to approve constitutional reforms. Gentiloni is a member of the same party as Renzi.

Italian state radio said Gentiloni would see Mattarella at 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT).