Italian Senate delays no confidence vote, frustrating Salvini

The Italian Senate on Tuesday voted down the League proposal a no confidence motion in Premier Giuseppe Conte to be voted on Wednesday, with the 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) voting together, news wires reported. Instead to vote tomorrow the Senate decided that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte should address the upper house over the crisis on 20 August.

“What is more beautiful, more democratic, more dignified than to give the choice back to the people,” Deputy PM and League leader Matteo Salvini told the Senate in a speech constantly interrupted by shouting and heckling from other parties.

In a surprise move, he said he accepted a demand by 5-Star to vote immediately on one of its main policies, to reduce the number of  parliamentarians to 600 from 945, but only on condition that this should be followed by national elections. Salvini told reporters that the election could still be held in October regardless of whether the 5-Star reform was approved by parliament.

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