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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.


"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.


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