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Italy's 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio seeks confidence vote

 Italy's 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio seeks confidence vote
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By Philip Pangalos
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Luigi Di Maio, the leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement, is seeking a confidence vote on his party's online platform after a poor result in Euro elections

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Luigi Di Maio, the leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement, is seeking a confidence vote from citizens on the party's online platform on Sunday. In a message on Facebook, Di Maio says that only the party's voters can decide, with the move coming after a poor result in European parliamentary elections.

"I am calling on party members to vote if I should stay on as leader. You have every right to say your opinion. You are the only ones who can judge my work," he said in a Facebook post.

Di Maio called for the ballot after 5-Star took just 17.1% of the vote at Sunday's European election, half the tally of its coalition partner, the far-right League, which won 34.4% of the vote, triggering internal attacks on his leadership.

As well as being 5-Star leader and deputy prime minister, 32-year-old Di Maio serves as industry minister and labour minister in the government formed last June.

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