Thu, 19 Sep 2019

Italy's PM Conte Faces Removal

20 Aug 2019, 18:36 GMT+10

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The fate of Italy';s government is to be decided on Tuesday with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte expected to resign after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini pulled the plug on the dysfunctional coalition.

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Conte is due to speak in the Senate on Tuesday, following a week of the fallout from Salvini';s dramatic decision to back out of the alliance on August 8, plunging the eurozone';s third-largest economy into turmoil.

Salvini';s anti-immigrant League party has been soaring in opinion polls during months of squabbling over key policy decisions with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S).

After Conte makes a speech, widely expected to be scathing of Salvini';s behavior, he could then offer his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella.

If he does not, Salvini will push for a vote of no-confidence, Al Jazeera reported.

Both scenarios could put an end to Italy';s 65th post-war government, just 14 months after coming to power, and officially open the way for consultations to find a replacement.

The political crisis has raised concerns about the Italian economy, whose debt ratio at 132 percent of gross domestic product is the second-biggest in the eurozone after Greece.

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