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No agreement in Italy to form government after the first round of consultations

Ⓒ AFP – Tiziana Fabi – | Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, of the extreme right, leaves the Quirinale palace in Rome on April 5, 2015, after meeting with the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella

The president of Italy, Sergio Matterella, announced on Thursday that the political forces have not reached an agreement to form a government after the first round of official consultations.

“No political agreement has been made so far, I will start a new round of consultations next week,” said Mattarella, after receiving all the political leaders, one month after the elections in which no party won. the parliamentary majority to lead the country.

Mattarella, as provided by the Constitution, is the referee to try to find a way out of the political blockade.

“The parties have asked me more time to reflect on the situation and I also need more time to evaluate it,” he acknowledged.

The xenophobic leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, who also leads the right coalition, and Luigi di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement, both claim the right to lead a government.

Di Maio claims the position of prime minister as the representative of the most voted party (32%), while Salvini also aspires to the position in his capacity as leader of the right-wing coalition, which won 37% of the votes in the elections of March.

The leader of the M5E proposed on Thursday to form a government for the “change” that would include the far right of Salvini and the Democratic Party (PD), center-left, great loser of the elections on March 4.

The PD, worn out by five years of power, only won 18% of the votes and confirmed its willingness to remain in the opposition, closing the door, for the moment, to any agreement with the M5E.

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