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Italian President Blocks Formation of Populist Government, Prompting Crisis

Italy's president, given power by the previous pro-EU government, may trigger another snap election after he rejected the populists' economic minister.

By NTK Staff | 05.29.2018 @4:00pm
Italian President Blocks Formation of Populist Government, Prompting Crisis

Italian President Sergio Mattarella set the stage for for another critical election in the southern European country, after the pro-European Union president used his seldom-invoked veto power to block the formation of a populist government.

An alliance of the populist Five Star Movement (FSM) and the right-wing nationalist League prepared to usher in a sweeping change in Italian politics following a bellwether election earlier this year.

But Mattarella, an establishment holdover from the previous government, had other plans.

When FSM and League planned on appointing anti-Euro Paolo Savona as economic minister, the president blocked the formation of the government. According to The Washington Post, the move crushed populist momentum:

But the populists offered no alternative replacement, and their would-be government has quickly collapsed. Giuseppe Conte, the inexperienced academic tapped to become prime minister, gave up his mandate on Sunday. Mattarella then asked Carlo Cottarelli, a former official at the International Monetary Fund, to lead a technocratic caretaker government while a new election is arranged.

Another election could spark an even harsher populist backlash in the future. FSM and League campaigned as separate coalitions during the 2018 election, but a unified front from the two parties could dominate any future results.

If the two parties had run together in the previous election, they would have won nearly every constituency in the country:

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