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Italy's 10 'sages' try to help form government

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By Associated Press

ROME -- Ten so-called "wise men" will try Tuesday to do what Italy's bickering politicians haven't been able to accomplish since inconclusive elections in February -- figure out how to form a new government for the recession-mired nation.

President Giorgio Napolitano created the panel of experts last week after center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani failed to form a governing coalition with wide support in Parliament.

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Bersani's forces won the lower Chamber of Deputies in the elections but fell short of controlling the Senate.

The panel of lawmakers, professors and a central bank official will try to devise a reform agenda that a broad spectrum of parties can embrace, especially electoral and economic reforms, in a bid to avoid fresh elections.

Nervous financial markets will be watching when trading resumes Tuesday, post Easter.

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