Italy's government cast into uncertainty following presidential block

Giuseppe Conte

Germany hopes Italy will form a stable and pro-European government soon, Germany's European Union minister Michael Roth said on Monday.

Rome: Italy sank deeper into political turmoil as populist leaders pulled the plug on their attempt to form a government after the president rejected the choice of a euro-skeptic, Germany-bashing candidate as finance minister.

Giuseppe Conte, Italy's prime minister-designate, has abandoned his mandate to form a new government, the presidential palace has said.

In response, the 5 Star Movement chief Luigi di Maio announced that the party will launch within Parliament a move to oust Mattarella for having impeded the formation of the government by vetoing Savona and refusing to sign the list of ministers presented by the coalition.

"I asked for.an authoritative person from the parliamentary majority who is consistent with the government programme. who isn't seen as a supporter of a line that could probably, or even inevitably, provoke Italy's exit from the euro", Mr Mattarella said.

"I want this institutional crisis to be taken to parliament. and the president tried", he added, specifying the charges would made under article 90 of the constitution.

After talks between Italy's future in the eurozone collapsed, the prime minister-in-waiting Giuseppe Conte told reporters: "I have given up my mandate to form the government of change".

However, Italians could be heading back to the polls as Mr Mattarella said he was considering political party leaders' requests for another election.

"Italians decide their own government", Moscovici said.

"In the absence of [parliament's] confidence, the government would resign immediately and its main function would be the management of ordinary affairs until elections are held after the month of August".

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Both Salvini and Di Maio had staunchly backed Savona, and pressed Mattarella regarding the proposed government team in separate meetings with the head of state earlier on Sunday afternoon.

He told reporters: "If there's not the OK of Berlin, Paris or Brussels, a government can not be formed in Italy".

The president may put together a caretaker government to steer the country to fresh elections in the fall, according to media political observers.

The League and 5-Star, which had spent days drawing up a coalition pact aimed at ending a stalemate following an inconclusive March vote, responded with fury to Mattarella, accusing him of abusing his office.

Carlo Cottarelli, a former International Monetary Fund official, will face opposition from the League and 5Star Movement.

"I have agreed and accepted all the nominations, except that of the minister of economy", Mr Mattarella said in a sombre, televised speech.

"This is not a free democracy", Di Maio said.

But the stance to block eurosceptic economy minister Paolo Savona boosted sentiment towards the currency.

Italian journalist Marcello Foa believes that Mattarella's move could be easily defined as illegitimate as "there is no constitutional reason and no constitutional power to block a government that has the majority in parliament". "But someone (under pressure from whom?) said no to us", Salvini wrote in a Facebook post.

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