May 27, 2018 / 6:52 PM / a year ago

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

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”.

“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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