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Italy’s anti-establishment parties step closer to power, with Berlusconi’s blessing
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia May 10, 2018 04:36pm|
|News Date||Wednesday, May 9, 2018 09:50:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||ROME — Silvio Berlusconi gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for his allies in the far-right League to try to form a government with the populist 5Star Movement, removing the main obstacle to the tie-up after two months of political impasse. |
After a day of frantic talks among the rival parties, the former Italian prime minister said in a statement that he would not oppose an alliance between the League and the 5Stars, though he said his party would not support such a coalition in a vote of confidence in parliament, which a new government needs to win in order to take office.
The 5Stars had asked the League to ditch their center-right alliance with Berlusconi’s Forza Italia as a condition of forming a coalition, arguing the media mogul represents the political establishment they were founded to fight against.
Berlusconi said he acknowledged the decision of “another political force of the center right to create a government with the 5Stars.” He added that his party “would calmly and without prejudice assess the work of the government” ensuring loyal support to measures in line with the center-right platform.
The former premier also stressed that this move did not mean the end of the center-right alliance.
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