Two ministers from the Italian coalition party Italia Viva are resigning. They launched a political crisis that could result in the fall of the Italian government. The AFP agency informed about it.
The resignations of the Minister for Family Affairs, Elena Bonetti, and the Minister for Agriculture, Teresa Bellanova, were announced by the head of the Italia party, Viva Matteo Renzi, at a press conference. He also stressed that he did not trigger the current government crisis, which he said has been going on “for months”, the Italian agency ANSA informed.
Renzi added that he has full confidence in Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in whose hands the solution to the whole crisis is in place.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi are arguing over how best to use the € 210 billion of the EU’s economic recovery package. It is intended to revive the economies of the Member States of the Union most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Prior to Renzi’s press briefing, Conte indicated that if both ministers resigned, parliament would ask for a vote of confidence in its government, hoping for the support of opposition MPs. Without the support of 18 Italia Viva senators, Conte’s coalition in the upper house of parliament does not have enough support. However, he has a majority in the lower house even without members of Renzi’s political entity, recalls AFP.
However, the Italian prime minister has other options. Conte can resign and ask the president for authorization to form a new government, with a new cabinet. This would allow him to satisfy Renzi by offering his party more important ministerial posts, but both leaders would have to overcome their personal disagreements, AFP comments.
The two largest coalition parties – the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) – continue to support and warn Conte against political instability. Italian health minister Roberto Speranza also expressed concern on Wednesday about a possible government crisis and its impact on government functioning during the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who announced his departure from the coalition Democratic Party (PD) in September 2019 and created his own centrist entity Italia Viva, has repeatedly threatened to drop Conte’s government.
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