Italian President Urges Parties to Support “Neutral Government”

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Sergio Mattarella, the President of Italy has urged the political parties of Italy to support a “neutral government” or else face another vote.

The nation has been affected with a hung parliament since the ballot on the 4th of March, which marked anti-establishment 5-Star rise as the largest single group, while an alliance that was cobbled together from a number of rightist parties which included the anti-immigrant League took most of the seats.

A government could not be established as both parties fell short of a majority. Also, following the third round of consultations with the leaders of the party, Mattarella decided that there was no room for a deal over a coalition.

However, the two largest parties of Italy, the 5-Star and the far-right League have already declined the proposal for a “neutral government,” increasing the possibility of a return to the polls as early as this June.

Mattarella still called on the parties to support the plans, as he is planning to appoint the “neutral” administration this week.

If the plan achieves parliamentary support, then the government will establish a budget for next year that is designed to push back a rise in sales taxes that would be prompted if the deficit slips further.

In a televised statement, Mattarella said: “Let the parties decide of their own free will if they should give full powers to a government … or else new elections (should be held) immediately in the month of July or the autumn.”

However, as a response to the said proposal, Luigi Di Maio, the 5-Star chief, said on Twitter: “We have no faith in a “neutral government”, which is synonymous with a government of technocrats. We are going to vote in July.”

Matteo Salvini, the League leader, stated: “There is no time to lose, there is no space for technocrat government.”

Pollsters of YouTrend explained that under the Italian law, the earliest date for an election would fall on the 22nd July, even though as this is a period when most people are away on their holidays, this could have a notable effect on the result.

Forza Italia of Silvio Berlusconi said that it wanted to discuss the situation with its allies, cautioning against a rushed election.

Forza Italia stated: “We are not afraid of an election, but a summer (vote) does not help turnout. Autumn is better.”