April 19, 2018 / 6:14 PM / a month ago

Italy Forza Italia lawmaker says won't support 5-Star-League government

ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party will not offer external support to a coalition of the far-right League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, a senior Forza Italia lawmaker said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Renato Brunetta, the lower house leader of Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Rome, Italy, February 1, 2018. Picture taken February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italy held an inconclusive election on March 4 and efforts since then to put together a government have got nowhere, with the 5-Star adamant in its rejection of the League’s longstanding partners, including Forza Italia.

The 5-Star’s leader Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday he saw some chance of forming a government just with the League, but with external support from Forza Italia, allowing a possible breakthrough in the coalition talks.

However, Forza Italia parliamentarian Renato Brunetta told Reuters there had been no breakthrough. “Absolutely nothing has changed in the centre-right’s position,” he said. Forza Italia will not give external support to a League and 5-Star government.”

Reporting By Gavin Jones

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