(PM) – Giuseppe Conte has announced that he intends to meet the President today and tender his resignation. The decision comes after political instability rocked the coalition government.
The news that Giuseppe Conte will resign comes after his partner in the Italian Government pulled the plug on their coalition government agreement. The Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini has been at odds with the Prime Minister for some time and brought the coalition government down just days ago.
The political instability that came with that move has sent shockwaves through Italian politics. Earlier this month, Salvini made the call for a snap election, with the hope of becoming Prime Minister. However, it seems that Salvini will be denied the pleasure of winning an election.
In his final speech in the Italian Senate, Conte took the opportunity to publicly lambast Salvini.
Following Conte’s speech, Salvini immediately hit back at the Prime Minister saying that ‘he would do it all again’. Furthermore, Salvini has levelled blame at the feet EU and other allies in government. In his reply to the Prime Minister, Salvini blamed the Five Star Movement, a political party described as the ‘New Right’, for the collapse of the government. Salvini also accused the Five Star Movement of wanting to replace the Italian Population with young migrants. Further in his speech, Salvini blamed the EU as being a block to Italian prosperity.
What’s next for Italy?
With Conte opting for his resignation before a confidence vote, the decision now falls at the feet of the Italian President. President Sergio Mattarella will now have to appoint a new Prime Minister.
It is entirely possible that Salvini could be appointed by President Mattarella to form a new government. However, Salvini would first have to prove that he has the support of the Italian Senate before he formally assumes his role as Prime Minister. If that is not proven, then an election will be called and the people will decide who will form the new government.
The latest saga in Italian Politics comes as the EU is currently in a deadlock with the UK over renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement for Britain’s exit from the EU.
Both the Five Star Movement and The League campaigned on an anti-EU platform, but have since rowed back on that position. However, former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta warned against discounting Salvini fulfilling that pledge should he become Prime Minister.