Italian general elections have been set for 13-14 April after president of the republic Giorgio Napolitano dissolved parliament on 6 February. The move came after speaker of the Italian senate failed in his mandate to find a consensus among political parties on the formation of an interim government that would have pushed through much-needed electoral reform before the country went to the polls.

Napolitano expressed regret at having to call a general election under the current electoral law. The system, approved under Silvio Berlusconi