Italian president asks Democratic Party to form government
Napolitano invites Bersani to join together a month after inconclusive elections
Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersanihas been invited to form government by president Giorgio NapolitanoPhotograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters
Mr Bersani will consult with other parties in the next few days to muster enough support to form a government that can survive the required confidence votes in both houses of parliament.
In the February election, Mr Bersani won a majority in the lower house though he fell short in the senate where both Beppe Grillo's Five Star movement and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition won blocking minorities.