Italy’s premier-designate quits bid to form government

  • Italy’s premier-designate quits bid to form government

Italy’s premier-designate quits bid to form government

But Italian President Sergio Mattarella told the nation minutes later he had refused to accept the nominee the eurosceptic League and 5-Star Movement parties had put forward as economy minister.

The leaders of the two populist parties were furious over the Mattarella veto.

After winning elections in 1994, the media magnate, who was already in the crosshairs of the Italian justice system, proposed to president Oscar Luigi Scalfaro to nominate his personal lawyer Cesare Previti as Minister of Justice. "But someone (under pressure from whom?) said no to us", Salvini wrote in a Facebook post.

Following Conte's exit, Mattarella has summoned Carlo Cottarelli, an economist formerly with the International Monetary Fund, for talks on Monday, with a temporary technical government on the table as Italy faces the strong possibility of new elections in the autumn.

The political novice and 5-Star supporter selected by Di Maio and Salvini to be premier told reporters at the palace he had tried his best but didn't succeed, four days after Mattarella formally gave him a mandate to try to form the government on behalf of the populists.

"We need to keep cool". "We're not a free country", he said at a political rally.

Mr Savona also said his position on debt was the same as that forged by the potential coalition allies in their programme - which says it will be reduced not through austerity or tax cuts, but through targeted investments and policies that boost economic growth. "But this doesn't end here".

Conte, 53, won Mattarella's approval as the next prime minister last week.

That platform called for spending that could have potentially raised the country's indebtedness and clashed with European Union fiscal rules.

"I invite (M5S leader Luigi) Di Maio and (League leader Matteo) Salvini to measure their works - their attacks on the head of State and the institutions are unheard of", he added in an interview with a RAI TV show. "Everything was set, and I, too, was ready to deal with immigration and security, but someone today said NO".

"If we have a minister who is not appreciated in Berlin, it means he's the right minister..." Anger? Lots. Fear? Zero.

Di Maio asked what was the point of voting "if ratings agencies" make the decisions.

But both Five Star and the League have said they would oppose such an administration in parliamentary votes of confidence, which would trigger a new election. Polls in Italy since indicate that the parties' support has held steady or grown.

It is not the first time that an Italian president has refused to appoint a minister supported by the majority of lawmakers - it has happened at least three times before, most notoriously with Silvio Berlusconi.

"They were supposed to govern, but they're fleeing their responsibility: either they aren't capable, or they're afraid", he said.