September 18, 2018 / 6:59 AM / 8 months ago

Italy's Tria "can go" if universal income not in budget, says 5-Star's Di Maio - report

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) - Italy’s Economy Minister Giovanni Tria could lose his job if he refuses to fund a proposal to introduce a universal income for the poor, the leader of the ruling 5-Star Movement was reported as saying on Tuesday.

“They do not want us to do the universal income... If they keep going like this Tria can go home,” Luigi Di Maio, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, was reported as saying by Italian daily La Stampa.

The introduction of a universal income for the poor is a flagship campaign promise of the 5-Star Movement. Tria is an academic who is not a member either of 5-Star, or its coalition partner, the League party.

Italy’s top ministers met on Monday to discuss the 2019 budget, with friction building inside the coalition over the package and financial markets on edge about the government’s big-spending plans.

Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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