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Italy: Govt in crisis after former PM Renzi yanks ministers from coalition03:09

Italy: Govt in crisis after former PM Renzi yanks ministers from coalition

Italy, Rome
January 13, 2021 at 21:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italy is facing a crisis after former Prime Minister and leader of the Italia Viva political party, Matteo Renzi, announced the withdrawal of his party ministers from the coalition government, in Rome on Wednesday.

Renzi resigned alongside ministers Teresa Bellanova and Elena Bonetti in what can potentially trigger new elections in Italy.

During the conference, Renzi noted that the current government plans lacked vision, in a nod to Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's policy approach to rebooting the economy: "We need to see a project. Before starting to build, we want to see a project, because if a project is missing, we can't build."

Renzi was further supported in the claim by Elena Bonetti, Italian Minister for Family: "Today we're not just offering our chairs as a symbol, of the fact that we are free women and we don't want to be complicit of an inadequate approach which has been put in place, but we're opening space for everyone to take up their own responsibility."

Italy's economy has suffered badly during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which has claimed over 80,000 deaths in the country according to the latest data available on Thursday as compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Italy: Govt in crisis after former PM Renzi yanks ministers from coalition03:09
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Italy is facing a crisis after former Prime Minister and leader of the Italia Viva political party, Matteo Renzi, announced the withdrawal of his party ministers from the coalition government, in Rome on Wednesday.

Renzi resigned alongside ministers Teresa Bellanova and Elena Bonetti in what can potentially trigger new elections in Italy.

During the conference, Renzi noted that the current government plans lacked vision, in a nod to Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's policy approach to rebooting the economy: "We need to see a project. Before starting to build, we want to see a project, because if a project is missing, we can't build."

Renzi was further supported in the claim by Elena Bonetti, Italian Minister for Family: "Today we're not just offering our chairs as a symbol, of the fact that we are free women and we don't want to be complicit of an inadequate approach which has been put in place, but we're opening space for everyone to take up their own responsibility."

Italy's economy has suffered badly during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which has claimed over 80,000 deaths in the country according to the latest data available on Thursday as compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

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