Zingaretti rules out PD-M5S government

Party would press for elections in case of crisis, says centre-left head

(ANSA) - Rome, July 17 - Democratic Party (PD) leader Nicola Zingaretti on Wednesday ruled out the hypothesis that his centre-left group could form a coalition government with the 5-Star Movement (M5S) if the current executive collapses.
    The M5S have been frequently clashing with their coalition partners, Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's right-wing League party, fueling speculation that Premier Giuseppe Conte's administration may not last until the end of the current parliamentary term. "For the umpteenth time, I rule out the hypothesis of a PD/5-Star Movement government," Zingaretti told reporters outside the Lower House.
    "In the case of a government crisis, the path for us would be new elections.
    "Any other hypothesis is groundless".