New Italian government put on hold as M5S ask for 'more time'

Unlikely allies Luigi di Maio from the neo-anarchist Five Star movement and Matteo Salvini from the hard Right Lega party
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Termometro Politico

Unlikely allies Luigi di Maio from the neo-anarchist Five Star movement and Matteo Salvini from the hard Right Lega party Credit Termometro Politico

"We don't want to be in a government that is similar to the ones we had over the past five years", said the League's Gian Marco Centinaio, one of Salvini's closest advisors.

On Monday, Salvini claimed to be speaking on behalf on the 12 million people who voted for the right-wing coalition in March, despite entering into negotiations with M5S without his allies, and Berlusconi saying his party would not back an M5S-League alliance in parliament.

"Coherence, patience, the desire to do things, humility, concreteness and also fortune are needed".

The Movement, which bills itself as an alternative to traditional politics, makes its positions and candidates subject to review by registered supporters in online votes.

Mattarella has said if political leaders can't form a coalition he'll appoint a non-political person to lead Italy to an early election by year's end.

However, three sources within 5-Star, which was founded in 2009 and has no experience of national government, said the main stumbling point remained who should head the administration.

At the March polls, Five Star emerged as Italy's largest single party in parliament by far after winning almost 33% of the vote.

However, the birth of Italy's next administration continues to be a slow labour. Salvini said the League will hold a similar consultation with its electoral base, organizing an informal referendum in large Italian squares this weekend.

The M5S is by far Italy's largest single party after winning almost 33 per cent of the vote.

Rome. Two large Italian antiestablishment parties sought more time to complete a pact to form a governing coalition and settle on the name of a prime minister, stalling the formation of a new government, writes The Wall Street Journal.The 5 Star Movement and the League are locked in talks to band together to form a new government more than two months after parliamentary elections. It would also be Italy's first all-populist government and assume power at a time when nationalist sentiment is gaining traction across much of Europe.

Berlusconi has refused to govern with the 5-Stars, who he regards as "more risky than communists".

The League's support largely is centred in northern Italy, where it backs lower taxes and reining in the central government it considers wasteful.

The 5-Stars strongly appeal to voters in the south, where youth unemployment runs higher than 50 per cent in many areas. The League promises to cut taxes to a flat rate of 15 per cent, costing €60 billion.

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