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Italy crisis: Center left and Five Star set tough coalition demands

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Luigi Di Maio did not mention a possible coalition with the center left when he laid out his demands

Two days after Italy's populist government collapsed, the center-left Democratic Party (PD) leader has said he is trying to reach a deal with one of the populist parties, the Five Star Movement.

Nicola Zingaretti said Italy needed a "turning-point government" but made a series of demands.

President Sergio Mattarella wants a government deal in the coming days. Otherwise Italy faces new elections.

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Luigi Di Maio said he was ready to negotiate a "solid majority"

He warned of a repeat of Italy's 2011 crisis, which led to a technocrat taking government power

Mr Mattarella 18:00 GMT).

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned in dramatic fashion in parliament on Tuesday, after one of the two populist leaders in the coalition, Matteo Salvini, pulled the plug on the government, demanding a vote of no confidence.

Media caption "All politicians are to blame"

Mr Salvini, whose right-wing, nationalist league is leading the opinion polls, is seeking new elections, 14 months after he went into coalition with Five Sta r.

The head of the center-left PD

is the first of the party leaders to visit the president on Thursday morning. His potential coalition partner, Five Star, met Mr. Mattarella's late in the afternoon.

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The two parties, which have never seen eye to eye, had already held hero exploratory talks

Mr Zingaretti has come to meet with several conditions for the Five Star to meet, including the loyalty of the European Union, giving a central role in a Salval's anti-immigration policy.

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Media caption Italy's PM Giuseppe Conte addresses the Senate flanked by Matteo Salvini (L) and Luigi Di Maio

"We expressed our endorsement to the President to verify the

The PD wants a new minister prime minister to replace Mr. Conte, currently Acting as caretaker, and some reports suggest Italy may have been its first woman leader.

The president also met with Mr Salvini as well as the leaders of the center-right Forza Italia party and the far-right Brothers of Italy.

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi warned that without a center-right majority in the next government there would have to be new elections. Mr Salvini said he would not be happy with his election, he said.

Mattarella, Mr Di Maio said he was not keen to forge a coalition deal but not specific about a possible partner.

"We will not allow the ship to sink and let Italians pay for it," he said.

The main priority for Five Star is to reduce the number of parliamentarians in the lower and lower houses from 950 to 605. Mr Di Maio also called for a "green new deal"

One is the sticking points?

One of the potential Obstacles for a coalition would be who would become Prime Minister. Neither Mr Zingaretti nor the Five Star Leaders have

  • On Five Star's key demand of a 345 parliamentarians , the PD may only agree to this with a broader constitutional reform
  • The two parties are also expected to have differences over Italy's 2020 budget, which is to comply with EU deficit rules.
  • The center left wants the rollback of many of the League's sponsored immigration measures that have been brought about closure of ports to migrants. [Salvatore's nationalists eyeing victory]

If the two parties fail to reach agreement, autumn elections appear likely.

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