Italy to decide on government future after Salvini pullout

ROME (AFP) – Italian senators will soon take an initial decision on the future of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government after far-right leader Matteo Salvini plunged the country into turmoil by pulling out of the teetering coalition.

Interior Minister Salvini called last week for swift elections after withdrawing the support of his anti-immigration League party from an increasingly acrimonious alliance with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S).

While the government still remains in place, the Senate must decide whether to initiate a confidence vote in Conte’s 14-month-old administration.

The heads of political groupings in the upper house were to meet yesterday. If they agree to back a no-confidence vote they will then decide on a date.