March 14, 2018 / 3:15 PM / 6 months ago

Italy's League says won't desert centre-right partners in govt talks

ROME, March 14 (Reuters) - Italy’s eurosceptic League will only try to form a government alongside the centre-right coalition partners with whom it won the most seats at a March 4 election, the group’s leader said on Wednesday.

The League unexpectedly overtook former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy!) to become the biggest party on the right wing, but no one party or group got enough seats to form a working majority.

Salvini rebuffed speculation the League could team up unilaterally with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which emerged from the vote as the biggest single party.

“There is no chance of a government deal between the League and a party outside the centre-right,” he told the foreign press club in Rome. He also ruled out forming any coalition with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD). (Reporting by Gavin Jones, Writing by Isla Binnie; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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