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Italy's 5-Star votes in favor of PD coalition, opening way for government

FILE PHOTO: Italian Deputy Prime Minister and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio leaves after casting his vote in the European election in Pomigliano d'Arco, Italy May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro de Luca/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Members of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement backed a proposed coalition with the center-left Democratic Party (PD) on Tuesday, opening the way for a new government to take office in the coming days.

In an online ballot, 79.3% of 5-Star supporters voted in favor of joining forces with the PD, their long-time political foes, while 20.7% opposed the alliance, party leader Luigi Di Maio told reporters.

The vote means Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte can now complete work on the new administration and present President Sergio Mattarella with a list of suggested ministers. He will then have to win confidence votes in both houses of parliament.

Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Crispian Balmer