May 27, 2018 / 7:27 PM / 5 months ago

Italian president summons Cottarelli for Monday meeting -source

ROME, May 27 (Reuters) - President Sergio Mattarella summoned Carlo Cottarelli, a former senior director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), for talks on Monday, his office said in a statement - a move that suggested he may ask him to head a technocrat government.

Earlier on Sunday, Mattarella effectively scuttled efforts to form a coalition government supported by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League after he rejected their choice for economy minister.

Most political parties have said they would not back a technocrat government in parliament and would push for early elections in the autumn if a coalition administration failed to take office.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer Editing by Richard Balmforth

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