May 7, 2018 / 2:49 PM / in 6 months

Italy's League says Berlusconi could 'step aside' to allow new government

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy’s far-right League, Matteo Salvini, on Monday raised the possibility that his electoral ally Silvio Berlusconi could “step aside” to allow a government to be formed after two months of deadlock.

“Maybe in the coming hours Berlusconi or the 5-Star Movement will step aside,” Salvini told supporters on Facebook.

5-Star says it is ready to form a government with the League but will not enter a coalition that includes Berlusconi. So far Salvini has refused to abandon his old ally and Berlusconi has rejected any suggestion that he should withdraw.

Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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