In Italy, opposition to the early elections demanded by Lega chief Matteo Salvini is growing. In addition to the boss of the 5-star movement, Luigi Di Maio, now ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has spoken out against the plan. He said it was "crazy" to make a choice the moment the government had to prepare the budget for 2020.
Renzi proposed in an interview with the newspaper Corriere de la Sera instead, to use a transitional government, which would be supported by all parties. That could save the country from an "extremist" course. Among other things, this government should ensure that the planned reduction of the Italian parliament is implemented, as well as quietly prepare new elections at a later date, said the Social Democrat.
Salvini had declared Thursday his coalition with the 5 stars for disabled. On Friday, the right-wing Lega requested a vote of no confidence against non-party prime minister Giuseppe Conte. On Monday, the political groups in the Senate want to discuss a vote for the vote of no confidence.
Lega hopes for gains from new elections
However, it seems questionable whether Salvini will get the necessary majority for a vote of no confidence in parliament, with which he wants to force the re-election. Both 5 stars and PD have an interest in preventing a swift choice. According to polls, the Lega would emerge as the clear winner in new elections.
The decision on possible new elections is ultimately in the hands of President Sergio Mattarella. If the Senate head of government Conte expressed his distrust, Mattarella would have to decide whether he dissolves parliament and appoints new elections.
Mattarella has repeatedly insisted that a government must be in office to finalize the budget in the debt dispute with the EU. Its first draft must be submitted to the EU by the end of September. Therefore, it has been speculated since the break of the previous coalition government that the president could appoint a transitional government of technocrats and postpone the elections to February or March.