May 27, 2018 / 5:55 PM / 3 months ago

Italy's League leader says coalition should be able to name ministers it wants

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s far-right League leader Matteo Salvini said on Sunday that the coalition of his party and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement should be able to name the ministers it wants.

League party leader Matteo Salvini speaks at the media after a round of consultations with Italy's newly appointed Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the Lower House in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Salvini’s comments came as Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte was meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella to discuss the list of cabinet candidates the League/5-Star coalition is proposing.

A source close to the coalition said on Sunday Mattarella had rejected the coalition’s nomination of eurosceptic Paolo Savona as Economy Minister.

“If we have a minister who is not appreciated in Berlin it means he’s the right minister ... In Italy, Italians decide,” Salvini said.

“In a democracy, if we are still in a democracy, there’s only one thing to do, let the Italians have their say,” he said.

Reporting by Steve Scherer, writing by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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