Italy’s 5-Star, PD Talks On New Government Hit Stumbling Block Over PM Conte | 8/24/2019 | Staff
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MILAN (Reuters) – Talks between Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to form a new government have hit a stumbling block over the PD’s opposition to Giuseppe Conte being reinstated as prime minister.

The two parties, traditionally bitter foes, started talks on Friday to try to reach common ground for a new government after the ruling coalition of 5-Star and right-wing League imploded last week after months of infighting, forcing Conte to resign.

Thursday - President - Sergio - Mattarella - Italy

On Thursday, President Sergio Mattarella gave Italy’s fractious parties five days to clinch a deal to resolve a political crisis and avoid a snap election.

In his first meeting on Friday with 5-Star leader Luigi di Maio, PD chief Nicola Zingaretti said any new government would have to mark a break with the past, including appointing a new leader.

Nothing - Zingaretti - Saturday

“Nothing personal,” Zingaretti said on Saturday.

In later comments on Facebook he said his party was open to any kind of dialogue on a list of policy priorities put forward by 5-Star. “We will continue to work to try and open a new political season.”

Deal - 5-Star - PD - Italy - Government

A deal between 5-Star and the PD would give Italy a more moderate, Europe-friendly government and...
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