September 13, 2018 / 8:15 AM / 7 months ago

Italy economy minister did not offer resignation - ministry source

FILE PHOTO: Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria attends as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (unseen) speaks during his first session at the Lower House of the Parliament in Rome, Italy, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria did not offer his resignation due to tensions over next year’s budget, and in particular with the 5-Star Movement’s promised universal income, an economy ministry source said on Thursday.

La Repubblica and La Stampa newspapers reported on Thursday that Tria, who is not a member of either party in the ruling coalition, told Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte he was willing to step down amid mounting pressure from 5-Star.

The reports “are baseless”, the source said.

Reporting by Steve Scherer, editing by Giselda Vagnoni

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