The new leader of the Five Star Movement (M5S) party in Italy told CNBC that he would welcome support from rivals in a coalition after next year's election, but added that he wouldn't give away cabinet seats to receive the necessary backing.
The 31-year-old Luigi Di Maio was appointed at the party conference this weekend in the coastal town of Rimini. Out of 37,000 votes cast, Di Maio secured 30,000 making him the effective leader.
The Five Star Movement, known for its populist, anti-establishment and Euroskeptic rhetoric, shot to prominence in 2013, securing roughly 25 percent of the vote at the general elections even though the party had only been founded a few years before in 2009.
M5S is currently polling around 28 percent - putting them on par with the governing PD Party (Democratic Party) of Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and party leader Matteo Renzi. Renzi stepped down in December after losing a referendum vote on changing the electoral law — one that M5S was adamantly opposed to, throwing full weight behind the no vote.
The founder of the party, comedian turned politician, Beppe Grillo, has called for Italy leave the European bloc in the past. However, the new leader's language toward Europe is softer than his predecessor.