March 5, 2018 / 11:15 AM / in 4 months

Italy's League boss says markets should not fear center-right govt.

MILAN (Reuters) - The head of the anti-immigration League, which emerged from Italy’s elections as the largest party in the center right, said on Monday that the grouping would be able to govern and that markets had no reason to fear.

Northern League party leader Matteo Salvini poses at the end of a news conference, the day after Italy's parliamentary elections, in Milan, Italy March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

“We have right and duty to govern,” Matteo Salvini told a news conference.

“The euro was, is and remains a mistake,” he said, adding however that holding a referendum over Italy’s continued participation in the single currency was “unthinkable”.

Northern League party leader Matteo Salvini gestures as he talks during a news conference, the day after Italy's parliamentary elections, in Milan, Italy March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

He said his party, which won about 18 percent of the vote, would be willing to talk to all parties but indicated it would not take part in a “minestrone” soup coalition, apparently referring to a broad coalition government.

The four-party, center-right grouping looks set to win about 37 percent of the vote. The League has overtaken former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italy (Go Italy!) party as the largest in the coalition.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Mark Bendeich

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