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Berlusconi clashes with partners over latest plan for Italy coalition

Berlusconi clashes with partners over latest plan for Italy coalition

Silvio Berlusconi’s party Forza warned the partners about the best time for the election. The ex-PM believes autumn is a better moment than summer, Local Italy reports. Clashes between Berlusconi and partners over coalition are going on.

Forza Italia and its leader, Silvio Berlusconi, released the statement, in which noted that it needed to discuss the political situation with its partners.

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

said Berlusconi.

Meanwhile, Italy’s far-right League’s leader raised the possibility that his electoral ally Berlusconi could “step aside” to allow a government to be formed after two months of deadlock. Matteo Salvini believes,

“Maybe in the coming hours Berlusconi or the 5-Star Movement will step aside,”

he wrote on Facebook.

Italy is still waiting for the new government, 5-Star says it is ready to form it with the League but will not enter a coalition that includes Silvio Berlusconi. So far Salvini has refused to abandon his old ally and Berlusconi has rejected any suggestion that he should withdraw.

According to the head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement who met Italy’s president on Monday, early elections are the only option possible if his offer of a government with the League doesn’t succeed.

“The government must be a political one, we must agree on a premier but also on ministers who have a political connotation,”

Di Maio said and added that he doesn’t envisage a government of technocrats.