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  Italian politicians move to scupper Salvini election push
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AuthorThe Guardian
News DateMonday, August 12, 2019 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe heads of Italy's political groups will decide on Monday when to hold a no-confidence vote, days after nationalist leader Matteo Salvini announced he was pulling the plug on the populist coalition government.

Mr Salvini wants snap elections, but faces a challenge from his ex-coalition partner and the opposition centre left.

Ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is calling for a caretaker government.

Political leaders in Italy are meeting on Monday to discuss a no-confidence vote in the government after Matteo Salvini’s far-right League party dramatically withdrew support for its fractious coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) in a push for snap elections.

Salvini is eager to capitalise on his popularity and wants the no-confidence vote this week, but factions within M5S and the opposition Democratic party (PD) are attempting to scupper his move knowing the League could seize power.

Salvini, who is deputy prime minister and interior minister, has also threatened to withdraw his seven ministers in order to topple an administration that he says is no longer viable.

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If the heads of the political groups back a no-confidence motion in prime minister Giuseppe Conte’s government, the next step is to set a date for the vote. This could happen by 20 August, with elections needing to be held within 45 to 70 days. If no agreement is reached, the decision would have to go to a full vote in the senate.
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