Italy’s 5-Star leader calls for snap election in June

The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has dismissed proposals for a stopgap government to reform the country’s electoral law. Luigi Di Maio also repeated his call for a snap election in June, according to a newspaper interview on Friday. Luigi Di Maio told Il Fatto Quotidiano that an election could be held on June 24. President Sergio Mattarella has called a fresh round of consultations with party leaders on May 7 in a bid to end nine weeks of increasingly fractious political deadlock following an inconclusive March election, Reuters said. The March 4 election saw a center-right alliance led by the anti-immigrant League party winning the most seats and 5-Star emerging as the biggest single party. The center-left Democratic Party (PD) came third.