MILAN (AP) – Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by sparking a political crisis that could bring down the Italian coalition government at a critical time in the coronavirus pandemic.
Renzi orchestrated the resignation of two ministers from his tiny but key Italia Viva party. The outcome of his power game will become clearer this week, when Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addresses both Houses of Parliament. If Conte makes a successful offer of support, he could go on to form what would be his third coalition government since the 2018 Italian elections.
RENZI’S POWER GAME
This is not Renzi’s first foray as an iconoclast shaking up Italian politics. He became prime minister in 2014 by maneuvering and unceremoniously deposing Enrico Letta, then a member of the Democratic Party, as head of Italy. Renzi himself almost fell from power …
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