Italy forms new coalition government

Italy forms new coalition government
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A new coalition of existing parliamentary forces will take power in Italy Thursday, throwing far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and his Northern League party out of government.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, fresh off the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in Biarritz, France, is expected to stay on, leading a coalition between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the left-of-center Democratic Party.

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Conte last week resigned as prime minister, a position he held since June of 2018 as head of an alliance between the Five Star Movement and the Northern League.

The reshuffling of powers was prompted by Salvini last week as the anti-immigrant firebrand launched a challenge against Conte in the hopes of prompting a new election.

Salvini is easily the most popular politician in Italy, and polls show his tax and immigration proposals have strengthened his image.

But Salvini's putsch enraged his then-allies in the Five Star Movement, including Conte and party leader Luigi Di Maio, pushing them to negotiate with the Democrats.

The new alliance will help to calm Italy's partners in the European Union, who were fearful of Salvini's rhetoric and tactics.

Di Maio said he'd received an offer from the Northern League to become prime minister in a new alliance between the old partners, for which he expressed "gratitude with sincerity."”

"But with the same sincerity I say I think about what's good for this country and not for myself," said Di Maio, according to daily La Repubblica.

Di Maio added that "the recognition received yesterday [by Conte] from President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE indicates we are on the right course."

"Starting to look good for the highly respected Prime Minister of the Italian Republic, Giuseppe Conte. Represented Italy powerfully at the G-7. Loves his Country greatly & works well with the USA. A very talented man who will hopefully remain Prime Minister!" tweeted Trump Tuesday.


President Sergio Mattarella is expected to receive Conte early Thursday to grant final approval to the new coalition government.

Salvini dismissed the alliance, saying "the only thing they have in common is hatred against the League."