Italian News Agency Ansa reports that President Sergio Mattarella has decided to take two days to reflect after Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Casellati reported back to him on Friday following her exploratory mandate to seek to break Italy’s post-election political deadlock. Casellati said she had detected “sparks on which Mattarella will decide” during talks with political parties. Her ‘exploratory’ mandate involved verifying the possibility of forming a government made up of the centre right, the coalition that came first in last month’s inconclusive general election, and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), the biggest single party in the new parliament.
On Thursday that M5S reiterated that it was against forming a government with the centre right as a whole and was only willing to hold talks with the League, not with its alliance partners, Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and the rightwing Brothers of Italy (FdI) party. But it also said it would not consider external support of a M5S-League government from FI and FdI to be “hostile”.
“Over the last few days I performed the mandate entrusted to me with dedication, trying to favour constructive dialogue between the political parties capable of producing a parliamentary majority with the perimeter indicated by Mattarella,” Casellati said.
League leader Matteo Salvini said Friday that he was ready to do everything to prevent a government of non-political technocrats taking power to end the deadlock after last month’s inconclusive general election. “I have the clear sensation that someone wants to waste time, they don’t want any government so that we’ll have a technical government like that of (ex-premier Mario) Monti, remote controlled from Brussels to fleece the Italian people,” Salvini said as he visited the Milan furniture fair. “I’ll do everything possible to avoid that con. I’ll do everything possible, including taking the field personally”. 5-Star Movement (M5S) Senate Danilo Toninelli, on the other hand, said Friday that it would be better to have new elections if it is impossible to reach an agreement for a stable government after last month’s inconclusive vote.
“We are giving our all to give the Italian people a government that improves their lives,” Toninelli said via Twitter. “We remain the same as before: intransigent and bound to our principles, coherence first and foremost. “We are not interested in a government that scrapes by. “At that point it is better to have a new election”.
Ex-premier and Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi on Friday ruled out the prospect of an agreement with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S). “No agreement is possible with the M5S, a party that does not know the ABC of democracy,” Berlusconi after arriving in Molise ahead of elections in the southern region.