March 14, 2018 / 3:00 PM / a year ago

Italy's League says open to any government without Democratic Party

Leader of Italy's far-right League Matteo Salvini attends a news conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, Italy March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy’s euroskeptic League said on Wednesday he was open to forming any sort of coalition government so long as it did not include the Democratic Party (PD), which has ruled for the past five years.

“Barring the PD, everything is possible,” Matteo Salvini said at Rome’s foreign press club.

The League is the biggest party in a right-wing coalition including former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy!), which won the most seats at a March 4 election.

However, no party or group won an outright majority, leaving Salvini jockeying for power with the 5-Star Movement, which emerged as the biggest individual party.

Salvini reiterated his party’s long-held position that the euro was a “flawed currency”, adding: “The only irreversible thing is death, not a currency.”

Reporting by Gavin Jones, Writing by Isla Binnie; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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