August 22, 2019 / 4:01 PM / 5 months ago

Italy's 5-Star says it is working to avoid elections

5-Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio speaks to the media after consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement is working to give the country a new government and avoid snap elections, its leader Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday after meeting the head of state.

5-Star is in talks with the opposition, center-left Democratic Party (PD) over a possible new coalition after its alliance with the far-right League collapsed this month, triggering the resignation of the prime minister.

“In recent hours all the necessary contacts have been launched to find a solid (parliamentary) majority,” Di Maio told reporters after his meeting with President Sergio Mattarella.

Reporting by Angelo Amante, writing by Gavin Jones

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