May 27, 2018 / 2:49 PM / 6 months ago

Italy's PM-designate to meet president on government: statement

FILE PHOTO: Italy's newly appointed Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks at the media at the end of a round of consultations with political parties at the Lower House in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte is expected to present a list of his cabinet ministers when he meets the president on Sunday at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), a step that could open the way for the formation of a coalition government.

President Sergio Mattarella has so far refused to accept 81-year-old economist Paolo Savona for the pivotal post of economy minister, stymieing efforts to end a political deadlock that has dragged on since an inconclusive election in March.

Reporting by Steve Scherer

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