Italian president names interim prime minister until fresh election

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Italy’s president has formally asked Carlo Cottarelli to try to form a government after quashing the hopes of the Five Star Movement and Lega to form western Europe’s first populist government.

Sergio Mattarella turned to the former International Monetary Fund economist to run a technocratic government until a fresh election can be held. The president’s office announced that he had given a mandate to Cottarelli to try to form a government after about an hour of talks on Monday morning.

Mattarella enraged the Eurosceptic M5S and far-right Lega by vetoing their choice for economy minister on Sunday night, throwing Italy into further political uncertainty more than two months after an election led to a hung parliament.

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