May 27, 2018 / 6:52 PM / in 5 months

Italy's 5-star leader says rejection of economy minister unacceptable

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s 5-star leader Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday President Sergio Mattarella’s rejection the eurosceptic professor Paolo Savona as economy minister was “unacceptable”.

Anti-establishment 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks following a talk with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi

“It’s an institutional clash without precedent,” Di Maio said on a live-streamed Facebook video.

“What’s the point of going to vote if it’s the ratings agencies that decide?” he added.

His comments came after Italy’s Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte gave up his efforts to form a government.

Reporting by Stephen Jewkes, editing by Steve Scherer

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