Italian Prime Minister Conte submits his resignation. He announced this in the Senate, where he accused the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Salvini of relinquishing his own interest to that of the government. This has put an end to the coalition government of the right-wing populist Lega and the Five Star Movement.
Conte spoke this afternoon in the Italian Senate about the political crisis in Italy. This arose after Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Salvini had given up confidence in the government, hoping to force new elections.
“Salvini has shown that he only pursues his own interests, and that of his party,” said Conte in the Senate, with Salvini right next to him. “His decisions pose serious risks to this country.”
“Governing without elections”
What happens next is something that the president has to decide.
“Then there are a few options left: quick elections or a business cabinet so that elections don’t come until the spring,” Marghadi continues. “Or, and that would be the most surprising, but perhaps the most logical: there will be a new government without elections. That would be the Five Star Movement and an opposition party, the Socialists of the Democratic Party.”
Salvini: I would do everything again
After Conte’s announcement, Salvini responded in the Senate, at the request of the president, no longer from the government benches. Speaking from Lega’s profession, Salvini repeated Conte’s reproaches to his address. “I would do everything I did again,” he commented. He also repeatedly called himself “a free man” and said he wants new elections.
However, Salvini said that it was still prepared to approve budget plans for 2020 and to vote for a parliamentary reform prior to new elections.
“Do you want to reduce the number of parliamentarians and then vote? We are ready. And if you want to present a daring budget, we are ready for that.”