Di Maio was groomed as M5S’s prime ministerial candidate by its founders. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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ROME: Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), potentially just months away from winning power, is wrestling with a problem it thought it would never have to deal with: choosing a leader.Forming a government would mean nominating a prime minister, and rivalries are building among likely contenders that could hamper the movement's election hopes or destabilize a future M5S government.M5S is leading in some opinion polls, despite squabbles and scandals that have plagued the party's mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi.Before the next election M5S's 135,000 members will choose their prime ministerial candidate in an online vote.Italy's mainstream parties are trying to rewrite the electoral rules to keep M5S from power but they have no guarantee of success against a party that could emerge with the biggest share of votes.Fico says if it were up to him, M5S would not even pick a candidate for prime minister but decide everything collegially.
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