Democratic Party (PD) leader Nicola Zingaretti said he had told the Italian president that his group is ready to try to form a government with the Five Star Movement (M5S), during a press conference in Rome's Presidential Palace on Wednesday.

Zingaretti said the PD accepted the "proposal of the 5 Star Movement to indicate - being the party with relative majority - the name of the Prime Minister."

"We have also strongly confirmed to President Mattarella, in line with what we said during our first encounter, the need to build a turning point government that breaks from the past," Zingaretti said speaking at a press conference after consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Zingaretti did not name who the prime minister would be but his party stated Wednesday that it had welcomed requests from M5S to reconfirm outgoing prime minister Giuseppe Conte.

Forza Italia (FI) party leader and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi spoke after Zingaretti, saying that "We have expressed to the President of the Republic the need to give Italians the chance to speak."

Berlusconi called the M5S-PD alliance "a politically wrong solution, a solution that we consider inadequate towards solving the big problems left on the carpet by the outgoing government."

Berlusconi added that without FI the right would not win. "Today a challenging path begins for us to try to go back to being the first party in Italy and in the centre-right," the three-time former prime minister said. "A centre-right that is naturally far from sovereignist naivete and populist temptations."

Italy is facing an ongoing political crisis which began on August 20 when Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned after Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini withdrew his League party from the governing coalition and proposed a no confidence vote against Conte.

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