Time is running out for the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico, who last week received the manager of Sergio Mattarella to mediate in the crisis of the Italian Government.
The head of state announced last Friday that there could be a majority that follows the current one, but to “verify” it he entrusted the exploratory mandate to Fico. This Tuesday he will have to meet with the president, who will have to evaluate the formation of the new Executive or, something more unlikely, call elections.
Today is being a busy day for the president of the Chamber. At 9:05, he met with the leaders of the Democratic Party (PD, center-left), Free and Equal (LeU, left), 5 Star Movement (M5S), the new party of the ‘Europeists’ and the Movement for Autonomies.
The faces of the protagonists showed fatigue before a negotiation that reaches its end without seeing a way out. The topic of discussion has been justice. It is no coincidence that Matteo Renzi not only asks for the prescription reform but also a new minister, as long as Alfonso Bonafede, a member of the M5S and questioned about his management, is changed. Today’s discussion table has been expanded to include party experts on the subject.
As negotiations continued, topics related to culture, school, and research were reviewed. Outside of the Sala della Lupa, where the talks are taking place, there is a lot of hustle towards the offices of the political groups in connection with the negotiations on the new government organization chart .
There are two possible scenarios. The first would be an adjustment to the current Executive team, a hypothesis that Renzi would have rejected. Instead, the second would include a deputy prime minister assigned to the Democratic Party and the position should be entrusted to Andrea Orlando , plus six ministries to the Democrats. And Renzi?
“Two departments of weight and expense that would have an important role in the Recovery Plan”, explain the sources consulted. We will have to wait to see if it is true. Of course, it is difficult to put the pieces together because everyone will have to give something and no one is currently willing to do it.
The discussions should have ended around 3:00 p.m. But at lunchtime the negotiation got stuck. Renzi gathered the parliamentarians, he is upset by the management of the tables, he complains about the small openings in the program of other parties. And hence the obvious difficulty of accepting Conte as prime minister. The leader of Italia Viva continues to shake the specter of negotiation failure .
Fico confirmed to the majority group leaders his will to return tonight, at 8:00 p.m., to the Quirinal, thus respecting the commitment made with the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella, to report on the result of the exploratory mandate. A second round of consultations by Fico is not excluded.
In the absence of agreements, some media had already launched the hypothesis that Fico today could ask for more room to negotiate, reports Efe.
The main obstacle to be resolved is who will be the prime minister. The old majority partners and the Europeanists support a new government headed by Conte, but Renzi continues to veto this possibility. Rumors are growing that Renzi has put on the table the name of the former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi .
If Fico brings to the head of state a credible programmatic agreement between the five political forces and a common indication on the name of Giuseppe Conte, or at least without an explicit veto against him by Italia Viva, the prime minister should get the task of form your third government. Without a program, or with a veto, Conte will leave the scene, and at that moment the way will open for an electoral government or, more likely, for an institutional or “presidential” government.