Foreign Affairs
Italy at a crossroads

The President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella has concluded talks with heads of the political groups on Italy’s political crisis after Conte’s government fell apart two days ago. The general feeling is that the parties want to go to another election. After about two hours of discussions, the President is expected to address journalists.

The leaders of the main political parties in Italy met with President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale. The Brothers of Italy party, led by Giorgia Meloni launched the second and most crucial day of consultations with President Mattarella in order to find a way forward, following the Italian government’s political crisis following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Giorgia Meloni said that for the Brothers of Italy, the solution lies in another election.

“For “Fratelli d’Italia”, elections are the only solution and that is what we told President Sergio Mattarella. It is the only possible solution and the only dignified solution for Italy in the best interest of its people. ”

President Mattarella’s meetings continued with the Democratic Party and with Forza Italia. The Democratic Party said it was prepared to leave the door open for negotiations with political forces to form a new government.

The Head of the Democratic Party, Nicola Zingaretti: “This is not government at any cost. We need a government of change, an alternative to the ideas of the right , with a new strong program, with a parliamentary foundation that can gives Italians hope. ”

The Head of the Democratic Party, Nicola Zingaretti said that without these conditions there was no other option apart from going to an election.

The President of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi expressed concern about the political crisis and the country’s current fragile predicament.

“There is only one way forward: an early election.”

The meetings continued with the Five Star Movement and Lega, which in the last legislature had formed a coalition government. The head of Lega, Matteo Salvini said that Italy can not waste time with a divided government and should go to the polls. He left the door open to the possibility of a government with the Five Star Movement.

“What interests me is that for the next five years, Italians have a government that works, a government which builds and look ahead honourably.”

Leader of the Five Star Movement, Luigi di Maio said that the movement would not allow the ship to sink.

“We are not going to let Italians pay for this political crisis. We are all Italians irrespective of our political leanings and interests.”

According to a survey carried out, it is being reported that if the Italians go out to vote today, Maetteo Salvin’s Lega would lose the vote while the Democratic Party and the Five Star Movement would increase their chances.

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