Italy Senate Cuts Short Summer Recess to Set Date for No-Confidence Vote on PM’s Populist Government; Matteo Salvini Hoping to Cash In, Become Premier

  • The Italian Senate will cut short its summer recess to return on Tuesday to set a date for a no-confidence vote on Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s populist government, which is quickly losing support from top officials.
  • The announcement came after “a meeting Monday of party whips in the Senate who failed to unanimously agree on the date of the no-confidence vote.”
  • Last week, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced “his right-wing League party no longer supports Conte and is pressing for a no-confidence vote in the next few days.”
  • Salvini believes “that Conte will lose and resign, triggering what Salvini hopes will be a new election as early as this fall.”
  • Salvini wants to become premier and hopes to have an election to occur as soon as possible “to capitalize both on the League’s rising popularity and the waning support for his senior coalition partner, the populist 5-Star Movement.”
  • The center-left Democratic Party (PD), Italy’s main opposition party, “is already divided over its future strategy,” and “the Party secretary Nicola Zingaretti issued a call for unity Monday.”
  • Zingaretti let it be known that “the key decision on whether and when to call an early election is in the hands of President Sergio Mattarella” and “added that the Democrats are not afraid of facing an early ballot.”
  • By the end of October, Italy has to come up with a budget law that must be approved by parliament by the end of the year.
  • Under a new budget, “the government in place will have to find about 23 billion euro ($25.8 billion) in financial resources to avoid a planned sales tax hike, which would prove highly unpopular with voters and weigh on the electoral campaign.”

Reference Links

  • The Guardian: Italian senate to set date for no-confidence vote in government READ
  • AP: Italian Senate cuts short vacation to set no-confidence vote READ
  • U.S. News & World Report: Italian Senate Cuts Short Vacation to Set No-Confidence Vote READ
  • Reuters: Full Italian Senate to meet Tuesday to slate no-confidence vote in government READ

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