Pier Luigi Bersani, Italy's Centre-left leader , has seemingly failed to find a way out of Italy's intractable political crisis.
It seems now that President Giorgio Napolitano may try to find the solution in a technocrat prime minister..
Bersani reported back to Napolitano on Thursday night after being given a mandate almost a week ago to see if there was a way to form a government after an inconclusive election in February which plunged Italy into deadlock.
A spokesman for Bersani's Democratic Party (PD) said he had not given up of forming a government but the centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party poured scorn on the centre-left leader and said he had wasted a month in a fruitless search for support.
It may be noted that the lack of a government in Italy has increased concern that the slump will only get deeper.