Italian government in crisis after ex-prime minister wins backing

Italian government in crisis after ex-prime minister wins backing

Current Italian senator, former prime minister and leader of the political party ‘Italia Viva’ (IV), Matteo Renzi holds a press conference on January 13, 2021 at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome.

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LONDON – Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday announced plans to withdraw his centrist party from the ruling coalition, throwing the country back into political chaos as it battles a resurgence of the coronavirus.

Speaking at a much-anticipated press conference, Renzi said two ministers from his Italia Viva party would resign. He leaves the government without a majority in parliament and on the brink of collapse.

Support for Renzi’s party had been essential to the survival of the coalition led by the Anti-Settlement Five Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he hoped Renzi would not remove his cabinet ministers, warning that the country would not be able to …

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