August 8, 2019 / 5:44 PM / 10 days ago

Italy's Di Maio says 'it's a difficult day' for the government

FILE PHOTO: 5 Star leader and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio in Rome, Italy, May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy’s ruling 5-Star Movement, Luigi Di Maio, said on Thursday the government is going through a “difficult day” but talks are ongoing to resolve the situation.

“We are working for the country. All the talks that are needed are underway,” Di Maio told journalists leaving the prime minister’s office.

“I’m calm,” he added.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday to discuss the political situation as rumours swirled of an imminent government collapse, while investors sold off Italian government bonds.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Giselda Vagnoni

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