ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella will hold a second round of talks about the formation of a government with political parties on April 12-13, a statement from the head of state's office said on Tuesday.
The first round of formal consultations, which was held last week, ended in a stalemate.
Mattarella has the power to name a prime minister, but the March 4 national election ended with a hung parliament so it is still unclear whether rivals can find common ground for a coalition government, or whether another vote will be needed.
Italy's parliament is divided three ways between a right-wing coalition, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, and the centre-left Democratic Party. These main groups will meet Mattarella on Thursday afternoon and evening.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer; editing by Francesca Landini)