14 August 2019
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will address the Senate on August 20 over the political crisis sweeping the government. The coalition partner of Conte the far-right League filed a no-confidence motion in the administration. In a setback for League leader Matteo Salvini, the Senate voted on August 13 not to hold an immediate no-confidence vote. But instead played for time and decided to allow Conte to speak to the upper house beforehand.
Addressing the Italian Senate, Salvini said he would accept a proposal by ruling coalition partner the 5-Star Movement to cut the number of members of parliament, as long as elections were held immediately afterwards. Rightist parties supported Salvini's request for a debate on Wednesday, but the ruling 5-Star Movement backed by opposition centre-left parliamentarians defeated the bid, thereby seizing the initiative over the timetable of the crisis.
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