Italy descends into constitutional crisis with new election likely

Italian President Sergio Mattarella refused to submit to populist demands that he approve their proposed economy minister.ITALIAN populists have vowed to convert voter anger over their thwarted bid to govern for the first time into a kind of plebiscite on the European Union, financial markets and eurozone membership as the country found itself propelled to fresh elections as soon as late summer.

Amid the political turmoil, Carlo Cottarelli, an economist with International Monetary Fund experience, was asked by the Italian president to assemble a technocrat government to take the country to elections.

Having had no fewer than 65 different governments since World War II β€” with an average survival rate of just over a year β€” Italy is hardly renowned as a beacon of democratic stability.

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