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Italy's president says rejected candidate for economy minister

Reuters , Sunday 27 May 2018
Sergio Mattarella
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Italy's President Sergio Mattarella said on Sunday he had rejected demands by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League to name an economy minister because he might have pushed Italy out of the euro.

His move effectively scuttled efforts at forming a coalition government, opening the way for possible early elections in the autumn following an inconclusive vote in March.

In a televised address, a sombre Mattarella said he was not to blame for the impasse, adding that he had proposed alternatives for the key economy ministry position, but his suggestions had been spurned by 5-Star and the League.

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