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Italy: Salvini says Italians held hostage by MPs 'afraid of losing their chair'04:00

Italy: Salvini says Italians held hostage by MPs 'afraid of losing their chair'

Italy, Rome
August 28, 2019 at 22:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Heads of the two former government coalition parties, the League's Matteo Salvini and Five Star Movements Luigi Di Maio, met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella for consultations in Rome on Wednesday amid ongoing political chaos in the country.

Reports emerged of a potential new coalition between the Five Star Movement and Democratic Party, which if successful, would sideline Salvini and squander his aim for fresh elections and potential political gain.

"The real truth is that 60 million Italians are being held hostage by the 100 parliamentarians that are afraid of losing their chair. This is the real truth. It's not about democracy, changes, revolution, social environment, redistribution. There are just 100 parliamentarians clinging to their seats," Salvini said.

Di Maio stated that his party is "convinced that there are no solutions of the right or of the left, but just solutions. Somebody has accused us of being from one side or another. We believe that such schemes are widely outmoded."

Italy is facing an ongoing political crisis which began on August 20 when Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned after Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini withdrew his League party from the governing coalition and proposed a no confidence vote against Conte.

Italy: Salvini says Italians held hostage by MPs 'afraid of losing their chair'04:00
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Heads of the two former government coalition parties, the League's Matteo Salvini and Five Star Movements Luigi Di Maio, met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella for consultations in Rome on Wednesday amid ongoing political chaos in the country.

Reports emerged of a potential new coalition between the Five Star Movement and Democratic Party, which if successful, would sideline Salvini and squander his aim for fresh elections and potential political gain.

"The real truth is that 60 million Italians are being held hostage by the 100 parliamentarians that are afraid of losing their chair. This is the real truth. It's not about democracy, changes, revolution, social environment, redistribution. There are just 100 parliamentarians clinging to their seats," Salvini said.

Di Maio stated that his party is "convinced that there are no solutions of the right or of the left, but just solutions. Somebody has accused us of being from one side or another. We believe that such schemes are widely outmoded."

Italy is facing an ongoing political crisis which began on August 20 when Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned after Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini withdrew his League party from the governing coalition and proposed a no confidence vote against Conte.