Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Salvini opens up to dialogue with M5S's Di Maio

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Rome, March 14 - League leader Matteo Salvini on
Wednesday said he was open to the prospect of talking to 5-Star
Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio about forming a new
government, an idea that drew a frosty reaction from his
coalition ally Silvio Berlusconi.
Salvini said that he did not have any prejudices against Di
Maio when asked by the foreign press if the pair were vying with
each other to be the next premier.
"I don't care who wins: we have a programme and whoever
comes into government with us must commit to cancelling the
Fornero (pension) law, cut taxes to 15%, and make Italy more
federal and less bureaucratic," Salvini said.
"If there other suggestions starting from this premise we are
quite happy to accept them.
"On the names and roles there are now a priori prejudices,
I'm interested in the project: if we agree on the project we can
start talking".
He stressed that he was open to proposals, but without
splitting from the rest of the centre right, and reiterated that
the idea of teaming up with the Democratic Party (PD) was off
the table.
"I strongly feel the duty to stay true to the mandate of the
12 million people who chose the centre right and the almost six
million who chose the League," Salvini told the foreign press
association in Rome.
"We are working to give a government to this country with a
centre-right programme open to enrichment, contributions and
proposals, but not turned on its head.
"It would be disrespectful to involve those who lost the
election and, therefore, I say no to any government that has
(outgoing Premier Paolo) Gentiloni, (Cabinet Secretary Maria
Elena) Boschi and (Interior Minister Marco) Minniti at the
centre".
Salvini's League is the biggest party in the centre-right
alliance that came first in the election, winning around 37% of
the vote.
The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) is the biggest
single party in the new parliament after winning over 32% of the
vote.
The centre-left PD, which led the three governments of the
last parliamentary term, is reeling after getting under 20%.
No single party or coalition has a working majority.
Asked about a possible government with the M5S, centre-right
Forza Italia (FI) leader Berlusconi said that: "I opened the
door in order to kick them out".

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