Italy risks to go back to vote. 82 days since the last Italian election, the country is still without a government. Although M5s and Lega have agreed on the appointment of Giuseppe Conte as Prime Minister, there seem to be more differences than agreements on the team who will be leading the country. The biggest stumbling block remains Paolo Savona, the man chosen by La Lega and agreed with the M5s for the ministry of finance.
Although this is the most evident issue, this presents itself as the tip of an iceberg, made of what seems to be an intricate web of crossed vetoes, which risks dropping the entire government.
At the end of the day Matteo Salvini used Facebook to utter his disappointment saying he is “really angry” and Luigi Di Maio puts the like.
In all this the designate Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is faced with a very delicate task of negotiating between Lega, M5s and the President of the Republic. In this web, the M5s is almost forced by its ally to raise its tone and stamp its feet down. Not surprisingly, in the evening, sources of the M5s said that there is full unity of intent between Di Maio, Salvini and Conte as well as an absolute agreement on Savona.
Ansa also confirms about the apparenttension between Mattarella and the League-M5S over the cabinet, in particular the possibility that 82-year-old Euroskeptic economist Paolo Savona could become economy minister.
Di Maio and Salvini seem intent on sticking by the choice of Savona despite reported misgivings on the part of Mattarella. It is a prerogative of the head of State to approve ministers, after discussions with the premier-designate. Sources close to Mattarella’s office said Thursday that the big issue on the formation of a new government was not supposed vetoes against some ministers but, on the contrary, possible diktats to the premier and the head of State on the exercise of the functions given to them by the Constitution.