Italy's Salvini warns against 5-Star/PD government

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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.

Interior Minister Salvini, who said last week that he was pulling his anti-immigrant League party out of an increasingly acrimonious coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), "has no principles", Enrico Letta told AFP.

5-Star has more parliamentary seats than the League, but Salvini's party now has twice as much voter support, according to opinion polls.

M5S and the League party formed a coalition government on June 1, 2018 under the leadership of technocrat Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

The heads of political groups in Italy's Senate will meet on Monday to set a timetable for the no-confidence vote, the upper house press office said in a statement on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, Conte also met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who has a constitutional right to dissolve the parliament and call early elections.

The rift between the League and M5S widened on Wednesday when parliament rejected a motion by M5S to block a high-speed rail project linking Italy and France.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who held several rounds of talks to try to ease the crisis, angrily called on Salvini to justify his move amid speculation about a possible new government combination.

In an allusion to the souring relationship between the coalition partners, Mr Salvini also denounced "repeated insults against me and the League by supposed allies".

Italy, which has Europe's second-largest sovereign debt burden after Greece, has already angered the European Union with an expansionary 2019 budget and Salvini wants to make major tax cuts.

Salvini will have answer to parliament for his decision to bring down the administration Conte said: "I am confident that the passage through parliament will shed full light on the decisions made and the responsibilities that derive from them", he added.

Only the president, now on holiday on a boat in Sardinia, has the power to dissolve parliament.

A snap election would be only be called if it proves impossible to form a new government without it.

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

In the event of a vote of no-confidence, it would be up to Italy's president to call a new election if he found no way of salvaging the government.

After the vote, Salvini told supporters in the coastal town of Sabaudia "that something broke in the last months" in the governing coalition.

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

"The most likely outcome is a cabinet reshuffle that will sanction the replacement of some M5S ministers with figures either from the Lega (League) or trusted by the party leadership", Piccoli said. "Of a government of 'No.' This government in reality has always spoken little, and worked a lot", Conte said.

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