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Italian politicians try to stop pushing for elections



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Media Title Matteo Salvini called for a brief break last week with coalition partner Five Star's vote of confidence a few days after nationalist leader Matteo Salvini announced his intention to pull out of the populist coalition government.

Salvini wants early elections, but faces a challenge from his ex-coalition partner and opposition center.

Ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi calls for a transitional government.

A final decision on the next step lies with the president.

Salvini's Nationalist League Party has been in the reign of the populist five-star movement for 1

4 years, but relations between the parties have become poor. The government is headed by an independent prime minister, Giuseppe Conte.

Who challenges Salvini?

The center-left Democratic Party (PD) was voted out of government last year.

Well, former PD Leader Matteo Renzi returned to the political arena and called for stopping Salvini's "crazy" push for elections by proposing a parliament-sponsored "institutional" government as janitor.

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Five-star leader Luigi di Maio, whose party ratings have been dwarfed by the league's rise, is also opposed to new elections, insisting that parliamentary reform must come first.

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Mr. Renzi has much support in the left center, but his intervention threatens a split

Some five-star colleagues said they were not averse to forming a coalition with the left center. "After we decided with the league, we would probably even agree on a deal with Beelzebub," Roberta Lombardi told La Repubblica.

But there is a big sticking point. The center-left leader Nicola Zingaretti has filled the idea with cold water and relied on President Sergio Mattarella to find a way out of the impasse.

What Salvini Wants The nationalist interior minister seeks a vote of no confidence for the prime minister and new elections.

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After a Senate debate, a vote of confidence could already take place on Tuesday with elections in October, although they are more likely to be agreed early next week. Mr Conte will travel to Genoa on Wednesday to commemorate the victims of a deadly collapse of the bridge last August.

A decision is to be made when Senate leaders meet at 4:00 pm (2:00 GMT) on Monday.

In order to have a chance of voting, Mr Salvini needs the support of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right party Forza Italia and the extreme right-wing party of Italy.

Mr. Salvini has returned from a campaign tour through the beaches of Sicily to gather support in Rome.

Only the President currently vacationing on a boat in Sardinia has the power to dissolve the Parliament. He insisted that next year's budget should be approved this fall, so the window for a vote is very small.

Could Salvini be stopped? Trigger split in the middle left.

Five Star is particularly interested in implementing the proposed political reform and reducing the number of seats in the two Italian parliamentary chambers by 345 (out of 945) before new elections. The left middle could allow this in principle.

Then there is the Italian budget deficit. The Government of Rome has until the end of October to submit its budget for 2020 to the European Commission.

Both Five Star and Matteo Renzi are desperately trying to avoid an increase in sales tax, which would be introduced in January if no budget were in place.

A league official said on Monday that it would increase Italy's budget deficit to 2.8% of GDP, rather than raising VAT.


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