Italy's League leader sets conditions on government talks

Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks following a talk with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome Italy

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has granted more time to the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League to wrap up a coalition deal, a source in Mattarella's office said on Monday.

The leaders of each party-5 Star's Luigi Di Maio and the League's Matteo Salvini -have agreed to find a third figure suitable to both groups.Some members of the two groups had expressed hope of presenting the name of a prime minister when Messrs.

He added the minister would not be described as a figurehead that was technocratic.

However, after meeting President Mattarella, the leaders of both parties said they had asked for more time amid continued wrangling over issues including migration, justice and new government building programmes.

Both parties have also pledged to scrap an unpopular pension reform at a cost of £13billion and cancel a planned sales tax hike, costing £11billion. It is still unclear who Italy's next prime minister could be, although Di Maio said it would be "a politician and not a technician".

The League and Five Star must also agree on representation from the parties in the new government.

The 5Star leader also said that, once (or maybe if) finalized, the government contract will be put to an online vote of the party's supporters.

He said: "We told the president we needed a few more days to definitively conclude the discussion on policies and then form a government of change for our country". However, Mattarella warned over the weekend that he would not be a "pushover".

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Salvini named infrastructure, immigration and Italy's relationship with the European Union as the main sticking points.

After their separate meetings with Mattarella, Di Maio and Salvini denied that disagreements over who should be premier were to blame for the delay in reaching a coalition pact.

"Either I manage to create a government that renegotiates these external constraints or it's a book of fairy tales and I don't want to take anyone for a ride".

But the biggest single bloc is a centre-right alliance of Mr Salvini's League and Mr Berlusconi's Forza Italia party that garnered 37% of the vote.

They are seeking major reforms with their coalition deal.

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