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UPDATE 2-Italy's 5-Star, opposition, clash over potential cabinet roles

Giselda Vagnoni

(Updates with 5-Star, PD clash over jobs)

ROME, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Talks between Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) to form a new coalition government are at risk of failure over who should became the next interior minister, a PD spokesman said on Tuesday.

The anti-establishment 5-Star party and centre-left PD, traditional political enemies, are trying to forge a government after 5-Star's 14-month-old coalition with the right-wing League party broke down this month after months of infighting.

The PD spokesman accused 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio of hindering talks with his request to serve as interior minister as well as deputy prime minister.

Shortly after, 5-Star sources said Di Maio had never demanded the interior ministry.

Late on Monday night, 5-Star and the PD had appeared close to a deal on forming a new Italian government, with the PD indicating it had dropped a veto on Giuseppe Conte serving another term as prime minister.

However, 5-Star called a halt to the talks on Tuesday in a statement that contrasted sharply with the previous day's apparent progress.

"Yesterday after four hours of talks, nothing was achieved," the statement said. "We cannot any longer work like this. Either the attitude changes or it's difficult. We will see the PD again when the party has given its OK to the reappointment of Conte."

Conte, who belongs to no party but is close to 5-Star, resigned last week after League leader Matteo Salvini declared the governing coalition was broken and called for snap elections.

On Monday Conte took part in a four-hour meeting with 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and PD chief Nicola Zingaretti. 5-Star complained late in the night that the PD had not yet unequivocally backed Conte to lead the new government.

PD said many details had still to be worked out.

PD and 5-Star were to have resumed talks at 0900 GMT, said the YouTrend, a digital magazine close to the PD.

The two parties are due to report back to President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday. If they have not sealed a deal by then, Mattarella will name a caretaker government and call early elections. (Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni Editing by Mark Bendeich and Jon Boyle)

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