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Italy: New government begins to be finalized

Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini, the leaders of the 5-star Movement (M5S) and the League, announced last night that they have reached a new agreement for a unity government. “All conditions are met for a coalition,” the two announced Luigi in a statement sent by the M5S after long negotiations.

Afterwards, President Sergio Mattarella summoned Carlo Cottarelli, whom he had appointed Prime Minister and instructed Monday to form a government of experts to lead the country until new elections can be held. Cottarelli, however, delayed the formation of his team to allow time for new discussions between the two populist parties which hold a majority in Parliament.

Mr. Cottarelli resigned last night, and Paolo Conte was reappointed Prime Minister. Conte had resigned on Sunday after the President’s vetoed his appointment of Paolo Savona, a Euroskeptical economist, to the Ministry of Finance. According to the Italian media, Di Maio and Salvini have agreed on another Finance Minister, but would put the Ministry of European Affairs in Savona’s hands. Salvini will be the Minister of the Interior, and Di Maio will be the Minister for Economic Development.

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