Italy: Populists given more time to avert snap elections

May 31, 2018, 8:00 AM EDT
Italy's President Sergio Mattarella triggered the political crisis after rejecting the coalition’s Eurosceptic nominee for finance ministry.
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Italy, ensnared into a political turmoil, heaved a sigh of relief after President Sergio Mattarella offered an olive branch to the two populist parties giving them more time to forge a coalition and avert snap elections.

Mattarella, who triggered a political crisis after rejecting the coalition’s Eurosceptic nominee for the finance ministry, has decided to “slow things down” to avoid a possible financial crisis that may result from the uncertainty of a new election outcome, notes The Guardian.

Right-Wing leader Matteo Salvini said that he would “seriously consider” an offer from 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio to cobble up a government, writes Reuters.

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