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Stalemate in government talks pushes Italy's Five-Star to call for snap election

Alberto PIZZOLI , AFP | Anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio leaves after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on the second day of consultations of political parties, on April 5, 2018, in Rome.

The leader of Italy's anti-establishment Five-Star Movement on Monday called for early elections in June, saying efforts to form a coalition after last month's inconclusive vote had got nowhere.

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"At this point for me there is no other solution, we have to go back to the polls as soon as possible," Luigi Di Maio said in a statement on Facebook in which he blamed other parties for refusing to negotiate with 5-Star.

Di Maio appealed to Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League, to join his call to hold a snap vote in June.

The March 4 election produced a hung parliament. A centre-right alliance led by Salvini's League won the most seats, while 5-Star emerged as easily the biggest single party.

(REUTERS)

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