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