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Italy's Di Maio says 5-Star will never allow public debt to rise - paper

MILAN, May 16 (Reuters) - The ruling 5-Star Movement will oppose a budget law that boosts public debt though the government is also committed to avoiding an increase in the sales tax that would support state revenues, deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio was quoted as saying.

"The 5-Star with its 32% will never allow a budget law that raises public debt," Di Maio said in an interview with Corriere della Sera daily.

Italian bond yields have spiked higher this week in response to comments about breaking EU budget limits made by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, the 5-Star's coalition partner.

Di Maio said the coalition government would last for the full five-year mandate. He also reiterated a pledge to avoid an increase in the sales tax due to kick in next year.

(Reporting by Valentina Za)

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