January 22, 2020 / 7:42 AM / a month ago

Italy's PM says would respect Di Maio's decision to quit as 5-Star leader

FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that he would respect a decision by Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio if he were to decide to step down as leader of the co-ruling 5-Star Movement.

“Let’s see and wait. I do not like to comment on rumors. If Di Maio steps down I would respect his decision because I am sure he would take such an initiative with great responsibility,” Conte told Italian radio RTL 102.5.

Reporting by Giulia Segreti, editing by Giselda Vagnoni

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