Di Maio resigns as leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement, but will retain ministerial role
The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, has resigned as leader of the Five-Star Movement (M5S), part of Italy’s ruling coalition. Di Maio will retain his position as Foreign Minister. Vito Crimi, a member of the Italian senate, is set to temporarily take over as leader until a party conference in March of 2020.
Di Maio is the latest in a string of more than 15 resignations of Five-Star party members since joining the governing coalition with the center-left Democratic Party (PD) at the end of the summer of 2019. On the same day as Di Maio, two other party members announced they would also step down. Di Maio had received an open letter from 70 senators earlier this year calling for his resignation amid criticisms of power hoarding.
Di Maio was nominated as Minister of Foreign Affairs in September of 2019; he was elected leader of his party in 2017. From 2018- 2019 he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Labor, and Social Policies and from 2013- 2018 as Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies in the XVII Italian legislature.