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    Italian lawmakers fail to form coalition

    MILAN — Italy remained in political gridlock Thursday after the center-left leader announced he had failed to form a stable government.

    Pier Luigi Bersani expressed bitterness when he told reporters at the president’s office that he found unacceptable attempts by some parties to set conditions.

    Bersani’s shot at forming a stable government to help Italy out of recession was always a long shot. His coalition controls the lower house but not the Senate, and inconclusive February elections gave a strong voice to a protest party.

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    The next move belongs to President Giorgio Napolitano, who will hold a day of consultations Friday, said the president’s secretary general, Donato Marra.

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