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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Matteo Renzi rules out centre-left party deal with 5-Star or League movement

Italy’s former prime minister was scathing in his criticism of both parties who have made significant gains at the polls.

Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi speaks during a press conference (Domenico Stinellis/AP)
Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi speaks during a press conference (Domenico Stinellis/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Italy’s ex-premier Matteo Renzi says his centre-left party will not join any government led by the anti-immigrant League party or the populist 5-Star Movement, the two victorious forces in Italy’s election.

Mr Renzi said both those parties represent an anti-Europeanism that he would not support and said they had had used “verbal hatred” on his Democratic Party politicians.

He said Matteo Salvini of the League and Luigi Di Maio of the 5-Stars had called his party members mafiosi, labelled them corrupt and said they had blood on their hands.

Mr Renzi says “if this is who we are, govern without us. Know that our place in this legislation is in the opposition.”

Mr Renzi acknowledged that his party suffered a “total defeat” in Sunday’s general election and said he would resign as party leader after a new government has been sworn in.

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