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5/7/2018, 7:27 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Italian president proposes non-partisan govt before new elections

After concluding the latest round of talks to form the new Italian government with no success, the country's president Sergio Mattarella (pictured) proposed on Monday a "neutral" non-partisan ruling coalition that would govern Italy until December. As an alternative solution to the political deadlock that has engulfed Eurozone's third-largest economy since March's general election, Mattarella also suggested that Italians could vote in a repeat election as early as July. However, the president stressed that holding elections during the summer holiday season has been largely avoided in postwar Italy, while an autumn vote would put the approval of the next budget law in jeopardy.

"If the parties were not to reach any agreement (in the coming months), the neutral government should conclude its work at the end of December for elections to follow immediately," Mattarella said, according to ANSA.

Meanwhile, leaders of the Five Star Movement which took most of the votes in the general election, and the Eurosceptic Northern League have already dismissed the possibility of supporting a national unity government for an extended period of time, opting for an immediate new election instead. "The election campaign starts today," Luigi Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement said after meeting with Mattarella. "I’m asking the citizens to send us to govern with a vote, I don’t see any other possibility."

Breaking the News / FH