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The PD insists on a “government of change” for Italy with Conte out

August 26, 2019

ROME, Aug. 26 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The leader of the Democratic Party (PD), Nicola Zingaretti, has recognized on Monday that for now there is no understanding with the 5 Star Movement (M5S) for the formation of a government that will take the country out of the crisis opened by the decision of Matteo Salvini of breaking the coalition that has ruled Italy during the last 18 months.

“I remain convinced that a change government is needed that puts development, employment and Europe at the center,” Zingaretti wrote on his Twitter, who last week received his party's assignment to explore the possibility of forming a government coalition with the M5S.

But for this, he added, “we need to listen to the reasons of each other and I hope that happens in the next few hours,” added the leader of the PD. The president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, gave party leaders until Tuesday to reach an agreement in order to avoid early elections.

The main obstacle so far seems to be the eventual continuation of Giuseppe Conte as prime minister, after he presented his resignation last Tuesday. In this sense, Zingaretti has defended before the media that there should be “discontinuity in the contents and in the team”, thus reiterating his desire that Conte does not continue.

“It takes a shared and joint program, not parallel programs or a contract,” Zingaretti insisted, ensuring that it works “for a serious solution.” “It is necessary to advance in the respect of the ideas of all”, has riveted.

Zingaretti has met Monday at the headquarters of the PD at the top of the party, with its president, Paolo Gentiloni, at the head, to discuss the discussions with the M5S. Luigi di Maio's party, meanwhile, is also scheduled to meet this noon, according to the press. Also, the Italian media are speculating that there could be a meeting between Di Maio and Salvini.