Italy’s president is facing calls for his impeachment after refusing to appoint a key minister backed by the country’s prospective prime minister.
Sergio Mattarella would not endorse Eurosceptic Paolo Savona as economy minister, despite him being supported by Giuseppe Conte – who was picked as a compromise prime ministerial candidate by the populist coalition hoping to form a government.
Mr Conte, a little-known 53-year-old lawyer with no political experience, subsequently rejected Mr Matteralla’s offer to form an administration – throwing Italy into fresh political crisis.
The country has been without a government since elections on 4 March left the Eurosceptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League Nord as the two largest parties in a hung parliament.
Mr Mattarella summoned Carlo Cottarelli, a former economist with the International Monetary Fund, for talks on Monday as he moved to appoint a technocratic government ahead of new elections.