Italy's Di Maio to quit as 5-Star leader

Italy's Di Maio to quit as 5-Star leader
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Luigi di Maio will step down as leader of Italy’s co-governing 5-Star movement on Wednesday, a senior party source said, as it seeks to stem a wave of defections that threatens the government’s majority in the upper parliamentary house, APA reports citing Reuters.

Di Maio, who is also foreign minister, is expected to announce his resignation during the afternoon at a party meeting, several newspapers reported.

Di Maio and his spokesman declined to comment.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he would respect any decision his foreign minister made. “I am sure he would take such an initiative with great responsibility,” Conte told Italian radio RTL 102.5, declining to comment further.

 
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