globaltimes.cn 14 Jan, 2021 10:45 am

Italy plunged into political crisis, government coalition risks collapse

Italy plunged into political crisis, government coalition risks collapse
Italy was plunged into political crisis on Wednesday after former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the ruling coalition, risking the collapse of the government in the middle of a raging coronavirus pandemic.

"Renzi has been complaining for weeks about Conte's leadership, accusing him of a lack of consultation, particularly over the recovery plan, and accusing the government of being "stagnant."At a news conference in Rome on Wednesday, he rejected calls to keep silent because of the pandemic, saying, "Democracy either always is or it isn't."The PM had earlier on Wednesday visited President Sergio Mattarella, the ultimate arbiter of Italian political crises, to find a way through.But critics accused him of simply seeking more power for his party, which is polling at just three percent, and warned that now is not the time to quit the coalition.

p p Italy was plunged into political crisis on Wednesday after former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the ruling coalition, risking the collapse of the government in the middle of a raging coronavirus pandemic.Renzi announced the resignation of two cabinet ministers and a junior minister from his Italia Viva party, in a split that deprives Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of his parliamentary majority.

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