Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Row over economy minister pick threatens new Italian government

Row over economy minister pick threatens new Italian government

President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday vetoed the two anti-establishment parties' eurosceptic pick for the economy minister, shattering their attempt to form a coalition government, prompting 5-Star to call for the head of state's impeachment.

Italy's populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and far-right Lega party proposed to Mattarella the candidacy of Conte on Monday.

The former International Monetary Fund official said that he would plan for general elections after August if his government loses parliamentary votes of confidence, or in early 2019 if it wins the ballots in the lower house and in the Senate.

The decision led to prime minister-elect Giuseppe Conte stepping aside, exacerbating the political turmoil almost three months after March's inconclusive general election.

"After tonight, it's truly hard to believe in the institutions and the laws of the state", Di Maio said.

If Cottarelli fails to win parliamentary backing, as expected, elections are expected to follow in September or October.

Mattarella said that he had requested a candidate for finance minister who "is not seen as a supporter of an often repeated line, which could possibly or even inevitably provoke Italy's exit from the euro".

Financial markets had already reacted to the coalition's programme with alarm because of concern that they would not reign in the massive national debt, worth 1.3 times its annual output.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella said he refused to approve populist leaders' choice of an economy minister who has expressed anti-euro views because the appointment would have "alarmed markets and investors, Italians and foreigners".

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The 81-year-old billionaire former prime minister released a statement on Sunday in which he praised Mattarella's efforts to "safeguard this country's families and businesses". He said he did best to try to give the country "a government of change".

The 5-Star's Di Maio also demanded impeachment under article 90 of the constitution.

"Mattarella's choice delays risk but may lead to stronger populist sentiment at the next elections, which is worrisome", said Rosamaria Bitetti, lecturer in public policy at Rome's Luiss University.

Savona, who served as industry minister in a government in the 1990s, has questioned whether Italy at some point should ditch the euro as its official currency.

The euro gained ground on the news, adding 0.4 percent against the US dollar on Monday morning and ticking up against most other major trading partners as well.

The agreement to form a populist coalition came after weeks of fruitless negotiations following the results of the March 4 elections, which did not give any party an outright majority.

Mr Savona, who served as industry minister during the 1990s, has been an outspoken critic of the European Union and an opponent of austerity programmes.

League leader Salvini and fellow eurosceptic Luigi Di Maio of the 5-Star Movement agreed this month to join their rival forces in a coalition to break the political impasse.

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