5-Star head firm on being Italian premiere, vague on details

Five-Star Movement's leader Luigi Di Maio, center, back to the camera boards a taxi as he leaves the foreign press association headquarters in Rome, T

Five-Star Movement's leader Luigi Di Maio smiles during a press conference at the foreign press association headquarters in Rome, Tuesday, March 13, 2

Five-Star Movement's leader Luigi Di Maio listens reporters' questions during a press conference at the foreign press association headquarters in Rome

Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio, center, back to camera, arrives at the foreign press association in Rome, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/

Five-Star Movement's leader Luigi Di Maio listens to reporters' questions during a press conference at the foreign press association headquarters in R

ROME (AP) — The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement is insisting on becoming the country's premier without offering specifics on ending postelection political gridlock.

Luigi Di Maio, whose movement won 32 percent of the March 4 vote, said at a news conference Tuesday that his lawmakers were "open to a deal" with other parties on policy issues.

But he was evasive about what he'd be willing to give during such negotiations and held firm on insisting that he become the 5-Stars' first premier.

Di Maio added: "We're unwilling to betray the popular will" by not heading the next Italian government.

The 5-Star Movement received the most votes of any single party in Italy's March 4 parliamentary election, but not enough to govern alone. A center-right bloc got 37 percent of the vote.