- Title: Italians hope 5-Star and PD reach agreement on new govt
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: DAILY NEWSPAPER 'LA REPUBBLICA' WITH HEADLINE READING (Italian): "HE IS BACK AGAIN, READY FOR SECOND MANDATE" NEXT TO PHOTO OF ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER GIUSEPPE CONTE DAILY NEWSPAPER 'IL MESSAGGERO' WITH HEADLINE READING (Italian): "GOVERNMENT, AGREEMENT AT RISK. DISPUTE ON DI MAIO AS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER" DAILY NEWSPAPER 'IL MESSAGGERO' WITH HEADLINE READING (Italian): "THE BET OF THE PRIME MINISTER: STRONGER WITHOUT DEPUTIES"
- Embargoed: 11th September 2019 11:27
- Keywords: 5-Star Movement Giuseppe Conte coalition Luigi Di Maio government crisis League Democratic Party Italian politics Matteo Salvini
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002AU4UNUV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Rome residents on Wednesday (August 28) were hopeful that the Democratic Party and 5-Star Movement would find an agreement to form a new government after the previous coalition between 5-Star and the far-right League party collapsed last week.
On the second and last day of talks between political parties and President Sergio Mattarella, political uncertainty still looms on Rome but Romans seemed unimpressed with the latest moves in the revolving-door of Italian politics.
"We need dialogue, we need to look at the interests of the country. Whatever comes out, I hope the new government will look in this direction", resident Raffaello Rossi told Reuters.
Tense talks aimed at forming a new Italian government inched forward as the two major political parties are struggling to bury years of hostility and avoid snap elections.
The talks, which remain tense and could still break down, had been at risk of collapse over the nomination of prime minister but the PD today confirmed that it had dropped its opposition to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, removing one big barrier to a deal.
"There are legitimate requests but also other requests that are like slaps in the face or like childish requests and I am clearly referring to (5-Star Movement leader Luigi) Di Maio", PD-supporter Anna Formigari said. "The ministers must be members of the two parties, I am not saying they must be all from the PD. I believe in equality between civilised human beings", she added.
The PD's leadership also secured the backing of the party's executive to forge an alliance with 5-Star, despite a history of bitter relations between the two political rivals.
Both sides have yet to agree on other top government posts or reveal a common policy agenda, with only hours remaining before an effective Wednesday evening deadline for a deal.
President Sergio Mattarella has asked both sides to report back to him on progress later in the day. If they fail to strike a deal, he is expected to name a caretaker government and call elections as early as October.
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