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Italy's Di Maio says no one within 5-Star party asked for his resignation

Italy's Di Maio says no one within 5-Star party asked for his resignation
FILE PHOTO: 5 Star leader and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio in Rome, Italy, May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo -
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ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio said on Monday none of his party colleagues had asked for his resignation following a poor showing at European elections over the weekend.

"Everyone (within 5-Star) agrees that the movement needs to re-organise itself but no one said heads should roll," Di Maio told reporters in Rome when asked whether he was considering stepping down as 5-Star leader.

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement took just 17.1% of the vote in Sunday's election, half the score the party had gained in national elections just over a year ago. Its ruling ally, the far-right League, won 34.3% of the vote, doubling the score of the 2018 polls.

(Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Silvia Aloisi, editing by Giselda Vagnoni)

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