Italy Deputy PM rules out early electionApril 23, 2019
Milan: Italy's ruling coalition has four more years of work to do, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said, amid reports of fresh tension within the fractious government.
The League party chief told supporters that he wants to avoid early elections. "I can give you my commitment that this government will go ahead. Still, you have to be two to tango," the Ansa news agency reported him as saying.
The two parties running Italy's coalition clashed last week after Rome prosecutors opened a corruption investigation into Armando Siri, a senior economic adviser to Salvini. Salvini and fellow Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, of the Five Star party, have already disagreed over issues including migration, security and an Alpine rail project, with conflicts periodically calling the"government's survival into question.
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister.Credit:Bloomberg
Salvini spoke after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte used a Sunday interview with Il Corriere della Sera to say he expects the government will survive and 'thrive' beyond May's European elections. The prime minister also said there are some signs of a recovery in the Italian economy, with a 'growth decree" due to be approved April 23.
The most recent round of bickering, which also includes disagreements over funding for the city of Rome, could mean that political issues will take up the full session of a scheduled Cabinet meeting Tuesday, with the growth plan's approval delayed possibly until early next week.
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