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Italy govt cannot rule out having to nationsalise Carige-junior minister

ROME, May 10 (Reuters) - Italy's government cannot rule out it will be forced to nationalise troubled lender Banca Carige , a junior minister said on Friday.

"We cannot rule anything out, including a precautionary recapitalisation (by the state), we are back where we were in January," Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi said.

Italy in January approved emergency measures under which the government could inject up to 1 billion euros in capital into Carige by buying its shares.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday there were no plans to nationalise Carige after U.S. fund manager BlackRock ditched a proposal to rescue it.

(Reporting by Stefano Bernabei, writing by Giulio Piovaccari, editing by Valentina Za)