Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella handed Lower House Speaker Roberto Fico a mandate to explore the possibility of a government deal between the 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Monday.
Fico vowed to focus on policy, exploring whether the two parties can agree on a common programme.
The M5S leader Luigi Di Maio has thus far failed to convince the far-right Lega to abandon Forza Italia to form a perceived anti-establishment government. The Lega’s leader, Matteo Salvini, refused to meet a deadline set by Di Maio to abandon Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
The PD’s interim leader, Maurizio Martina, said his party is willing to negotiate if MS5 unequivocally gives up on the idea of forming an alliance with the far-right Lega. In March, PD recorded the worst electoral result in its history, leading to the second resignation of the former prime minister Matteo Renzi.