‘Significant progress’ on formation of new government

Rome, May 10: Italy’s populist Five-Star Movement and the far-right League have made “significant progress” in talks over the past 24 hours on a coalition government, Five-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini said in a written statement on Tuesday. “Significant progress has been made on a cabinet and on appointing a prime minister amid constructive cooperation between the two sides.
“The goal is to finalise everything in as short time as possible to give answers and a democratic government to Italy,” said the statement, coming after a meeting at the Italian parliament between Di Maio – who heads Italy’s largest party – and Salvini – who leads the biggest political bloc. President Sergio Mattarella on Monday gave the pair a further day of last-ditch talks on forming a coalition after two months of political deadlock since Italy’s inconclusive March 4 election.  (IANS)