Italy's 5-star campaign uses left-wingers to avoid elections. Nationalist Salvini ousted
Italy's anti-establishment five-star movement announced Wednesday that it has signed a coalition government agreement with the left-wing Democratic Party to keep the embattled Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in place while avoiding elections and to oust the right-wing league led by Matteo Salvini.
The shocking turnaround comes a week after the collapse of the current administration.
Salvini, who was Deputy Prime Minister and whose party was on the rise in the polls, called for early elections and said that the 5-star league coalition government did not work in the face of growing tensions between the coalition parties. According to surveys, the Salvini League could get enough seats for a direct or smaller right-wing party.
The Italian Prime Minister resigns as a popular leader Luigi di Maio said Wednesday that after meeting with President Sergio Mattarella, an agreement with the Democratic Party had been concluded ̵
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The leader of the five-star movement, Luigi Di Maio, goes to a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
According to the Italian news channel ANSA, Conte's Di Maio felt "" guaranteed "for the policies we implement. He also claimed that the 5-star prize was "post-ideological". Democratic leader Nicola Zingaretti said meanwhile that the new government would be "redistributive and green" in economic terms.
The league and 5-star formed a coalition in the spring of 2018, but it was a problem. In a battle of everything from the economy to immigration, Salvini, who also served as Minister of the Interior, advocated a tough one Policy towards migrants from Africa.
Since that election, the league's poll numbers have gone up while those of 5 stars have dropped. Recent polls have brought the league to around 36 percent and the Democrats to 21 percent. Five-star turnout now stands at 18 percent.
The League party leader Matteo Salvini talks to journalists after meeting Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the Roman Quirinale Presidential Palace.
However, without new elections, parliamentary mathematics remains the same as it did 14 months ago – five-star represent the largest party in parliament. Now it will be up to President Mattarella to decide whether the pact should be a stable government or whether the country should hold new elections.
Contes position was strengthened this week when President Trump, who shares a similar vision on immigration, tweeted to Salvini his support of Conte, calling him a "very talented man who hopefully will remain prime minister!" Conte, telephone conversation in a mobile phone shop in the center of Rome, Tuesday, August 27, 2019. “/>
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, telephone conversation in a mobile phone shop in the center of Rome, Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
(ANSA via AP)