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Former Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi announced the departure of the two ministers of Italia Viva from the Government of Giuseppe Conte, which leaves the survival of the Executive in the air, of which the 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) are also part.
After weeks of speculation, and hours after the approval of the economic recovery plan, Renzi has appeared before the media to confirm that Italia Viva is leaving the cabinet, which implies the departure of two ministers ―Teresa Bellanova and Elena Bonetti― and of a secretary of state.
Matarella, “referee” of the new scenario
Renzi has lamented the result of a crisis that “has been open for months” and has called for “respect for democratic forms”, criticizing that Italian politics has become a “reality show”. The former prime minister now trusts the president of Italy, Sergio Matarella, as “referee” of the new scenario.
Before Renzi’s appearance, Conte had already gone to the Quirinal to see Mattarella, who would have once again told him the need to settle any hint of political uncertainty as soon as possible, according to sources cited by various media.
After the meeting, the prime minister has admitted in statements to journalists that the current government can only be sustained “with the support of all the forces of the coalition”, although he has declared that he works together with Renzi to avoid a definitive rupture. Conte hoped to avoid a crisis that, in his opinion, “the country would not understand.”
The last pulse between the government partners has come to account for the European recovery funds, more than 200,000 million euros, which the Government gave form on Tuesday in the Council of Ministers. He did so in a tense meeting in which the two ministers of Italia Viva allegedly abstained.
Renzi’s party has just 3% in voting intention polls, but his support is key for Conte to retain the current parliamentary majority. The electoral advance is one of the options that are considered in the event of a crisis, from which a new Conte Executive could also come out – it would already be the third after the M5S experiment with Matteo Salvini’s League – or with a cabinet technocrat.
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