Salvini rejects ‘technical’ government

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Milan, March 10 (IANS/AKI) Far-right League leader Matteo Salvini on Friday ruled out a technical cabinet to run Italy should its parties fail to form a coalition government after the country’s inconclusive national election.

“Either government by a real government or we hold fresh polls,” Salvini told reporters in Milan.

“I don’t have much faith in technical or temporary governments tasked with enacting a few reforms which risk being at the service of Brussels.”

As the leader of the centre-right coalition that took the biggest share of votes in last Sunday’s election, Salvini claims he should get a first bid to form a government, as does the populist Five-Star Movement, which emerged as Italy’s largest party, getting some 32 per cent of votes.

None of Italy’s parties or electoral coalitions won enough parliamentary seats to govern alone, and the League and Five-Star are both eyeing a possible coalition with the centre-left Democratic Party, which won 19 percent of votes last Sunday – its worst-ever result.

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“I hope the Democratic Party will be willing to offer a way forward for the country, whoever wins the primaries,” Salvini said, referring to the election of a new party leader following Matteo Renzi’s resignation on Monday after his crushing electoral defeat.

Sometime after March 23, when the new parliament convenes to elect the speakers of the two houses, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella will begin formal consultations with parties over the formation of a government.

–IANS

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