Italy opposition right calls for elections to solve political crisis

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's rightist opposition parties called for early elections on Friday as the way to solve the country's political crisis, following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Conte, now acting as caretaker, was unseated when former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party from the coalition, depriving it of a parliamentary majority and throwing Italy into political limbo during the coronavirus crisis. 'We confirmed to the president our request that he consider the option of dissolving parliament and calling elections,' League leader Matteo Salvini told reporters after formal consultations with the head of state Sergio Mattarella

Reuters January 30, 2021 00:11:45 IST
Italy opposition right calls for elections to solve political crisis

Italy opposition right calls for elections to solve political crisis

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's rightist opposition parties called for early elections on Friday as the way to solve the country's political crisis, following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Conte, now acting as caretaker, was unseated when former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party from the coalition, depriving it of a parliamentary majority and throwing Italy into political limbo during the coronavirus crisis.

"We confirmed to the president our request that he consider the option of dissolving parliament and calling elections," League leader Matteo Salvini told reporters after formal consultations with the head of state Sergio Mattarella.

Mattarella will complete three days of consultations with parties later on Friday, with Italians waiting to hear what kind of solution he may have found.

Conte, still backed by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party, is hoping to get a fresh mandate, but the prospect is far from certain unless he patches up his rupture with Renzi.

Conte's attempts to lure unaligned and opposition senators to the government's ranks to restore his majority have so far had little apparent success.

Salvini, representing a right-wing alliance of parties, hinted at a risk of a future split in the bloc, saying if Mattarella should try to install a government without elections each party would take its own decision on how to respond.

Mattarella could ask a new candidate with more parliamentary backing than Conte to try to form a government or meet Salvini's request for snap elections two years ahead of schedule. Most analysts believe he will only do this as a last resort.

(Reporting by Angelo Amante, writing by Gavin Jones, editing by Crispian Balmer)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

Ethiopia's regional Tigray forces name conditions for peace with government
World

Ethiopia's regional Tigray forces name conditions for peace with government

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Forces fighting Ethiopia's military in the Tigray region laid out eight conditions on Friday for beginning peace talks, including the appointment of an international mediator and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered air strikes and a ground offensive against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) - the former ruling party in the northern region - after regional forces attacked federal army bases in the region on Nov.

Citigroup considering divestiture of some foreign consumer units - Bloomberg Law
Business

Citigroup considering divestiture of some foreign consumer units - Bloomberg Law

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc is considering divesting some international consumer units, Bloomberg Law reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The discussions are around divesting units across retail banking in the Asia-Pacific region, the report https://bit.ly/3pD57WP said

Biden tours Pfizer vaccine plant as drugmaker promises to double supply
World

Biden tours Pfizer vaccine plant as drugmaker promises to double supply

By Alexandra Alper and Michael Erman PORTAGE, Mich. (Reuters) - U.S