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  Italy’s 5Stars call for new election
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 30, 2018 09:28am
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AuthorEsther King
News DateMonday, April 30, 2018 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe leader of Italy’s largest party, Luigi Di Maio, called for new elections in June to break a deadlock in talks on forming a new government.

“At this point, for me there is no other solution,” Di Maio said in a video statement on his Facebook page on Monday, blaming the center-left Democratic Party (PD) and the far-right League for refusing to cooperate with his 5Star Movement, which won the most votes in Italy’s inconclusive March 4 election.

Di Maio’s comments will put further pressure on the PD to put an end to the post-election limbo and enter into a coalition with the populist party. The PD has emerged as the populist party’s likeliest coalition partner, after Matteo Salvini’s League refused to split from its center-right ally, Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, to govern with the 5Stars. But Matteo Renzi — who continues to exert a strong influence over the PD despite stepping down as its leader in March — has ruled out an alliance with the populists and the party is internally divided over the best course of action.

“We need to go back to the vote as soon as possible,” Di Maio said Monday. “Seeing as the parties are afraid of change, let’s have the citizens choose between revolution and restoration.”

Di Maio appealed to Salvini to join his call for a snap election, saying: “Let’s ask together to go and vote,” he said.
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