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.
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