Italy's Bersani tapped to form new gov't
ROME (AP) -- Italy's president has tapped center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to form a new government following national elections that produced no clear winner.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said Friday that Bersani was best positioned to create a government given "the most difficult circumstances."
Bersani's coalition won control of the lower house but not enough seats to control the Senate, creating political gridlock.
Any Italian government must receive a vote of confidence to be confirmed.
Bersani said he would "try to find balance" between changes sought by Italian voters and reforms needed to secure Italy's financial and political future.
Bersani has ruled out a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition, which finished second.
The political movement founded by comic Beppe Grillo, which finished third, has ruled out supporting any established political force.