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Italy's efforts to form government break down as eurosceptic Savona rejected

Italy's efforts to form government break down as eurosceptic Savona rejected

Italy's Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte has given up on efforts to form a government after the Italian president apparently rejected his pick for the economy ministry, increasing the likelihood of another election this year.

According to Zampetti, the premier-designate handed over his mandate to President Sergio Mattarella saying he was unable to fulfill it and form a government.

Mattarella has held up formation of a government, which would end more than 80 days of political deadlock, over concern about the far-right League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement's desire to make the 81-year-old economist Paolo Savona economy minister.

"I asked for that ministry an authoritative political figure from the coalition parties who was not seen as the supporter of a line that could provoke Italy's exit from the euro", he said.

"Although it would be disrespectful to Italians if this government doesn't get started because it's unpleasant to someone in Berlin or Brussels".

In Sunday's statement Savona did not mention his opinions on the euro, but more than 70 slides outlining a "plan B" for Italy's exit from the euro, co-authored by Savona in 2015 with a dozen others, circulated on social media.

Salvini was "much stronger" in opposing Mattarella, posturing that could expand his sovereignty-leaning base, Molinari said. In response, government officials expressed solidarity for Mr. Mattarella.




M5S was outraged by Mattarella's decision, with 5-star leader Luigi Di Maio calling it "an institutional clash without precedent" in a Facebook live video.

Padoan, who was interviewed on RAI state TV, was read a note from Savona, a personal friend, by the interviewer: "Padoan has been a great minister, and I'll tell him so myself should I become his successor". "First the impeachment of Mattarella. then to the polls", Di Maio said on current affairs programme "Che Tempo Che Fa". I thank the president of the republic for having given me the mandate on May 23.

"In a democracy - if we are still in a democracy - there's only one thing to do: Let the Italians have their say". "We've already lost too much time", he said Saturday.

"What's the point of going to vote if it's the ratings agencies that decide?" he added.

Mattarella is also mindful of his role in appointing prime ministers and approving their cabinets, the most crucial functions of Italy's largely ceremonial presidency.

"They were supposed to govern, but they're fleeing their responsibility: either they aren't capable, or they're afraid", he said. "And they portend concrete risks for the savings of our fellow citizens and for Italian families".