photo_verybig_188407.jpgOne of the main burdens which come with the job of being President of Italy is the formation of a Government. In the country where football is a religion and a way of life, one can easily interpret the President’s role as that of the glorified Commissario Tecnico (CT) who’s responsible of creating a National Team.

Since the elections in March, President Mattarella has convocato (to use the football term used for the call ups for the National Team) the leaders of the various political formations in Italy.

Today is no exception. Mattarella will receive Salvini at noon, followed by the 5Star Movement’s Luigi Di Maio at 4:30 p.m., according to the Quirinale’s schedule. They’ll be preceded by the Democratic Party at 10 a.m. and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia at 11 a.m. — but neither is in a position to offer any solutions.

The president will want to know who will talk to whom, whether the 5Stars and Lega really imagine they can work together, what role Berlusconi might play, and probably also what a government program would look like and to what extent it would entail provisions contrary to a raison d’état. Before getting politically serious on Thursday, consultations started yesterday with Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati and her counterpart at the Camera, Roberto Fico, as well as with the former president and his predecessor, Giorgio Napolitano.

The decision seems to be postponed to the regional elections, to ensure a stronger popular support for all leaders.

Earlier on Luigi Di Maio, the leader of Italy’s 5Star Movement, has said the party is open to talks with the country’s center-left Democratic party (PD) and the far-right League but ruled out the possibility of governing with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, ahead of formal consultations set to begin Wednesday.

“[Far-right League leader Matteo] Salvini needs to choose between the revolution and the restoration, whether to abandon Berlusconi and start to change Italy or remain attached to Berlusconi and not change anything,” Di Maio said.

This process is expected to take weeks, if not months, or fail completely. That’s at least in part because the election’s two big winners were the anti-establishment 5Star Movement led by Luigi Di Maio, and the far-right League of Matteo Salvini, who both claim they should get to form a government.

The right-leaning alliance led by Salvini won a total of 37 percent of the vote, with the League outperforming its partner, former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia. The 5Stars emerged as the largest single party with 32 percent. Both fell short of a majority, leaving the incumbent center-left Democratic Party (PD) — which won just 19 percent — in the role of reluctant kingmaker but seemingly determined to remain on the opposition benches.

Sources : Politico, Corriere della Sera

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