Italy: The M5S will snub the vote of confidence, the government towards implosion

Italy: The M5S will snub the vote of confidence, the government towards implosion

ROME (Reuters) – The 5-Star Movement (M5S) will not take part in parliament’s vote of confidence in Mario Draghi’s government on Thursday, its leader Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday, an announcement that seems to bode well for the fall of the ruling coalition in Rome.

Other member parties of the coalition had warned that they would withdraw from the government if the M5S decided not to take part in the vote in the Senate.

Mario Draghi himself indicated earlier this week that he would step down in the absence of Giuseppe Conte’s party, calling on coalition members to stop issuing “ultimatums” to his government.

Despite the prospect of political chaos, Giuseppe Conte told reporters on Wednesday evening that his party could not sustain confidence in the government.

The M5S leader again called for more action to tackle growing social problems in Italy, following the list of political demands put forward by the anti-system party last week to remain in the coalition in Rome.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, the main component of the coalition, announced earlier in the day that his party would stop supporting Mario Draghi in the event of the withdrawal of the M5S, in this case deciding in favor of the holding of early legislative elections.

(Report Angelo Amante and Giuseppe Fonte; French version Jean Terzian)

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