Five Star's Di Maio demands 'impeachment' of Italian president

Five Star's Di Maio demands 'impeachment' of Italian president

Five Star's Di Maio demands 'impeachment' of Italian president

Italian lawyer Giuseppe Conte addresses journalists after a meeting with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella on May 23, 2018 at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome.

Federica Mogherini says she's convinced that President Sergio Mattarella was serving the Italian people and the European Union by forcing the end of the proposed 5-Star Movement-League government. We'll change this Country, together.

President Sergio Mattarella authorized Zampetti to form the government on Wednesday.

"I accepted every proposed minister apart from the minister of the economy", Mattarella told reporters. After an emergency meeting with his party leaders, he called on Italian television for Mr. Mattarella's impeachment for blocking the will of the people.

However, he will struggle to gain the approval of parliament with Five Star and the League commanding a majority in both houses.

5-Star also defended Savona's nomination.

Italian media speculated that, in the meantime, Mattarella could try to appoint a technocratic government.

"The main risk is that the stand-off will further embolden the 5-Star Movement, and, especially, the League".

Mattarella is more pro-European than the two populist parties asking for his mandate, analysts say.

An administration led by Cottarelli would likely only be a short-term solution because the majority of parliamentarians have said they would not support a technocrat government.

On Sunday night, he said he would "dutifully" consider requests by political parties for early elections.

He would be a calming choice for the financial markets, who were spooked by Savona's criticism of the euro and German economic policy.

Padoan, who was interviewed on RAI state TV, was read a note from Savona, a personal friend, by the interviewer: "Padoan has been a great minister, and I'll tell him so myself should I become his successor".

The Milan stock exchange building is seen in downtown Milan March 18, 2013.

The prospect of Italy's government going on a spending spree on promised tax cuts and welfare benefits roiled markets last week. "It is my duty", he said, "to safeguard the personal savings of Italian citizens".

Savona has had high-level experience at the Bank of Italy, in government as industry minister in 1993-94, and with employers' lobby Confindustria.

Outgoing Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan contended that the real problem wasn't Savona, but the "clearly unsustainable" platform of a populist government "that doesn't rule out a Plan B: that is, in the face of European pressures, one must leave Europe".

"At this point, with the honesty, coherence and courage of always, you must now have a say", Salvini added in a call for early elections.

Salvini was "much stronger" in opposing Mattarella, posturing that could expand his sovereignty-leaning base, Molinari said.

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