Designated Prime Minister Carlo Cottarelli (R) arrives at the Italian Parliament after an early informal meeting with the Italian President at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on May 30, 2018. AFP / Andreas SOLARO
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Italy's premier-designate said Wednesday that "new possibilities" had emerged to form a government based on the outcome of the March 4 vote, and that he wanted to give the option time to mature given the negative market reaction to the prospect of new elections. Efforts to create a so-called "political" government failed over the weekend after President Sergio Mattarella vetoed an economy minister proposed by the Five Star Movement (M5S) and League, the two big vote-getters in March that had come together to form a populist alliance.After more than two months of failed negotiations, Mattarella then turned to former IMF official Carlo Cottarelli to form a neutral government made up of technocrats to lead Italy until early elections.Salvini has long complained that Mattarella never gave the center-right bloc that brought in the highest percentage of votes – 37 percent – a mandate to try to form a government.
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