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Italy plunged back into political crisis as president faces calls for impeachment

The leader of Italy’s largest political party has called for President Sergio Mattarella to face impeachment charges after he refused to accept a controversial choice for economy minister.

abandon their plans to try to form a coalition government.

M5S and the right-wing Lega party (League) have been trying to form an administration since elections in early March failed to produce a clear winner.

“We were a few steps away from forming a government, and we were stopped because in our cabinet there was a minister who criticized the EU,” Di Maio said in an interview on RAI state television Sunday.

“I want this institutional crisis to be taken to parliament … and the president tried,” he added.

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