Newly appointed Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to the media after a consultation with President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, May 23, 2018. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)
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The political standoff in Italy continued on Saturday over President Sergio Mattarella's refusal to approve the eurosceptic coalition's choice for economy minister.Three days after being appointed by Mattarella as prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, 53, has still not been able to form a government.Salvini had nominated Conte for the premiership along with Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio, but officially it is the head of state and the premier alone who appoint ministers.And according to the Italian press, Mattarella will not bend for two reasons: to avoid isolating Italy in Europe and to protect the role of the president.Conte met the president late on Friday to report "informally" on the discussions, but without presenting his final list of ministers.
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