UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The future of Giuseppe Conte’s government has been at stake since far-right leader Matteo Salvini on Thursday quit his alliance with his coalition partner and pushed him towards early elections in the fall.
On the basis of a memorandum submitted by the League, the parliamentary blocs in the Senate held a meeting to determine the date of the vote of no confidence in the government.
Under Italy’s constitution, the no-confidence vote on the Conte government must be held in the Senate because it won the vote of confidence after the alliance between the NLD and the five-star movement was formed 14 months ago.
Plan to reach power and tour the shores of the “South that lives on aid”
Salvini is seeking to step up pressure to vote on a no-confidence motion against the Conte government by August 20 and impose early elections in the fall, betting on opinion polls that give him 36 to 38 percent of the vote’s intentions, which were reversed in spring 2018 when The five-star movement was expecting 32 percent of the vote to 18 percent for the association.
In an interview with the right-wing newspaper Jornale, Salvini stressed that if early elections were decided, he would not run solo, announcing that he would meet “in the coming hours” (former Prime Minister Silvio) Berlusconi and (leader of the party “Fratelli Ditalia” Georgia) Meloni “to” propose They have an electoral agreement. Salvini’s alliance with Berlusconi and Meloni would provide him with a balanced majority.
To hasten the fall of the Conte government, Salvini said Sunday night he was ready to resign the seven NLD ministers, undermining opponents’ early elections and avoiding the failure of the NLD’s no-confidence motion, with only 58 of the 319 seats in the Senate.
Over the weekend, Salvini continued a “beach tour” that received wide media resonance in an effort to win support from southern voters, who have so far been supporters of a five-star movement.
During his tour, the leader of the Italian sovereigns mingled with crowds, took many selfies and had topless lunch on the sand, trying to portray himself as an ordinary citizen like all other citizens.
Salvini, however, faced objections in Basilicata and Sicily, where some reminded him of his earlier criticism of the “aid-living south.”
As for the motives behind his call for early elections now, he explained that “he no longer wants an executive authority that is witnessing continuous brawls. We need a stable government for five years.”
The five-star movement is betting on reducing the number of parliamentarians before returning to the polls
In Rome, the anti-Salvini camp began to rally after overcoming the shock of breaking the alliance between Salvini and de Mayo.
The leader of the five-star movement Luigi Di Mayo called on Italian political forces to vote on the planned reduction in the number of parliamentarians before returning to the polls.
“Let’s eliminate 345 seats (out of 950 currently considered a record number) and their salaries” in order to reinvest in “schools, roads and hospitals,” he said.
The movement’s founder, comedian Pepe Grillo, broke his silence to support de Mayo, proposing a “Republican Front” capable of preventing the “barbarians” from taking power.
Former Prime Minister Enrico Letta (between April 2013 and February 2014) expressed “great concern” about the rise of Salvini, warning in an interview with Agence France-Presse that the leader of the NLD could get an “absolute majority” in parliament.
“This would pose a great danger to the country,” said Lita, a member of the center-left Democratic Party. “Salvini, with his sovereign ideas, could push Italy out of Europe,” he said.
Former Economy Minister Pierre Carlo Badouane said Salvini’s unilateral power could lead to a further deterioration in Italy’s weak economy, which is expected to grow almost nil this year, and to a massive public debt of more than 130 percent of GDP.
Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who served as prime minister from February 2014 to December 2016 and is still a leader of the Democratic Party, made a “practical proposal” to avoid “surrendering the future of our children to the extreme right.”
Renzi called on all MPs, including MPs, to support a government whose task is to set the budget for 2020 and prevent an increase in the value-added tax (VAT) slated for next year that will weigh heavily on Italians.
“They call me a dictator, but the dictator does not ask for a vote,” Salvini said.
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