We need more time to agree on policies, say Italian populists

We need more time to agree on policies, say Italian populists

Key points of the deal would include scrapping an unpopular pension reform, tougher rules on immigration, tax cuts and renegotiation of European Union treaties, the party said in a statement.

While negotiations are still ongoing and nothing had been announced as of Monday evening, both parties have repeated pledges to introduce the policies post-election.

Rome. Two large Italian antiestablishment parties sought more time to complete a pact to form a governing coalition and settle on the name of a prime minister, stalling the formation of a new government, writes The Wall Street Journal.The 5 Star Movement and the League are locked in talks to band together to form a new government more than two months after parliamentary elections.

And he has never broken ranks with former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who a few days ago unlocked the possibility of a deal by agreeing to step back for the time being.

Di Maio has met with Italy's president Sergio Mattarella to report progress on the coalition.

After meeting Mattarella for a quick round of consultations on Monday, the League's leader Matteo Salvini said there were still "key issues" to be settled with the 5Stars.

"We are writing what will be the government program for the next five years and it's very important for us to finalize it as best as possible, so we have asked the president for a few more days to definitively close the discussion", Di Maio told reporters.

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Candidates for Prime Minister include 71-year-old economist and university professor, Giulio Sapelli.

There was speculation that the top job could be offered to Giulio Sapelli, an economist and university professor, or Giuseppe Conte, a law professor at Florence University.

But shortly after Sapelli spoke, a 5-Star source denied that he was their pick for the top office.

Mr Salvini's League won 17 per cent of votes in March, but it was part of a right-wing alliance including Mr Berlusconi's FI that garnered 37 per cent of the vote.

The person is expected to be from neither from the League nor M5S and will also probably be someone who will heed Mattarella's warnings against nationalism.

They have been negotiating since Thursday to try to settle on a "contract" of mutually acceptable policy commitments.

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