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Italy loses government, coalition of right-wing, anti-establishment parties collapses

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Resigned Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte (right) and Deputy Prime Minister Metteo Salvini

Italy has lost its government with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announcing resignation after the right-wing League party pushed for no-confidence motion to its own government.

Quatari broadcaster Aljazeera reports that the development on Tuesday, August 20, leaves Italy in a political vacuum until President Sergio Mattarella decides whether to form a new coalition or call an election. He would hold talks with parties this week.

The crisis began on August 8 when Matteo Salvini, the head of the League party, declared his alliance with the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement was dead and called for elections.

«It is irresponsible to initiate a government crisis … [Salvini] has shown that he is following his own interests and those of his party,»

Conte, who does not belong to either of the coalition parties, said in a Senate speech about Salvini, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister.

This autumn, Italy must produce a budget to avoid rising tension with the European Union over Rome’s management of its large debt burden.


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