Appointments open the way for formal consultations, led by President Sergio Mattarella, on putting together a new government, with big hurdles remaining

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has joined with conservative parties to elect the speakers of both houses of parliament, but there was no immediate sign they might extend the pact and form a government.

The 4 March national election ended in a hung parliament, with Five Star becoming the largest party, while a rightist alliance including ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party and the anti-migrant League emerging as the biggest bloc.

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