Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Salvini calls for snap polls amid coalition crisis

Salvini calls for snap polls amid coalition crisis

What Happened: Italy's right-wing League party has introduced a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, with the leaders of the main parliamentary groups to decide on the exact date of the vote next week, La Stampa reported August 9.

"I hope nobody is thinking of taking Italians for a ride, of playing for time and inventing a government that would be democratically unacceptable", he said in Termoli on the Adriatic coast. A snap election could be held as early as October.

These reached breaking point on Wednesday when the M5S voted against a high-speed rail link between France and Italy that the League supports.

Conte accused Salvini on relying on "slogans", adding that he would no longer accept Salvini's constant attacks.

Should there be a vote of no-confidence, it would be up to Italian President Sergio Mattarella to call for a new election, if he does not find other parties to form a government.

The eurozone's third-largest economy is suffering from enormous political uncertainty, with the shock announcement fuelling even more feuding between the right-win League and the coalition party, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.

Both houses of parliament are now on recess for the holidays and are not due back until September.

Italian media has reported that Salvini, in earlier talks with Conte, set conditions for staying in the coalition - including the resignation of the transport, defence and economy ministers, who have resisted his projects and policies.

"Too many no's are hurting Italy which needs development".

If Mattarella decides not to dissolve parliament, he could try to install an unelected "technocrat" administration of which there have been several examples in Italy's recent history, though an alternative parliamentary majority appears elusive.

The 5-Star Movement, the other government party, has seen its voter support erode.

Salvini said Saturday that pulling the country out of either the euro or the European Union "has never been in the works".

"Let's go immediately to the Parliament and verify that there is no longer a majority, as was evident in the vote on the TAV, and quickly return the word to voters", Salvini said Thursday.

The League reiterated that it did not want a cabinet reshuffle and listed a raft of areas in which it had a "different vision" from 5-Star, including infrastructure, taxes, justice, regional autonomy and relations with the EU.

At the time of the general election, the left-wing Five Star was the senior partner and largest party in Italy with 32 per cent of the vote, while the strongly pro-border control league took just 17 per cent.

"Every day that passes is a day wasted", it said in a statement, citing the constant bickering between the two parties.

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