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Italy: Salvini calls Conte's govt 'product of betrayal' ahead of 2nd confidence vote

Italy, Rome
September 10, 2019 at 17:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

League Party leader Matteo Salvini criticised Italy's new cabinet speaking in the Senate in Rome on Tuesday.

"I do not envy you [Conte] today. A position that is a product of betrayal, disloyalty and personal interest may be the most important position in the world, but it is a position that I would never be able to hold, not even for 15 minutes," said Salvini.

He addressed senators ahead of the second confidence vote of Giuseppe Conte's new government after it passed the first test on Monday.

"This is a government based on the division of positions and on fear. The only fear that is now clear to everyone is the fear of going back to elections and being left at home by Italians and having to actually work again," said Salvini.

The former deputy prime minister argues that the new coalition between rivals 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) would not work and calls for an early election.

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League Party leader Matteo Salvini criticised Italy's new cabinet speaking in the Senate in Rome on Tuesday.

"I do not envy you [Conte] today. A position that is a product of betrayal, disloyalty and personal interest may be the most important position in the world, but it is a position that I would never be able to hold, not even for 15 minutes," said Salvini.

He addressed senators ahead of the second confidence vote of Giuseppe Conte's new government after it passed the first test on Monday.

"This is a government based on the division of positions and on fear. The only fear that is now clear to everyone is the fear of going back to elections and being left at home by Italians and having to actually work again," said Salvini.

The former deputy prime minister argues that the new coalition between rivals 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) would not work and calls for an early election.

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W/S President of Italian Senate Elisabetta Casellati, Rome

SOT, Matteo Salvini, League Party leader (Italian): "I will let you judge if what you are approving is an operation of truth, loyalty, justice, dignity and conscience. Millions of Italians think that this is not the case. I do not envy you [Conte] today. A position that is a product of betrayal, disloyalty and personal interest may be the most important position in the world, but it is a position that I would never be able to hold, not even for 15 minutes. I leave you your position and keep my honour and the affection of millions of Italians."

W/S Casellati

SOT, Matteo Salvini, League Party leader (Italian): "If there is anyone here today who is in an uncomfortable position - it is you, Mr. Conte. It is you. A president with all the affection for all the positions, for all the seasons, for all the majorities, will he do the next one [cabinet] with Forza Italia? With the Communist Refoundation party? With those not present in this parliament? With Martians, with flat-earthers, with those who believe that the man never landed on the Moon? Nothing surprises me anymore. This is not criticism against you, friends of Forza Italia. This is criticism against a prime minister who said he would go back to his profession, and instead stuck to his position like the old mummies of the First Republic."

W/S Senator Isabella Rauti

SOT, Matteo Salvini, League Party leader (Italian): "You are a minority in the country. Thanks to palace intrigue perhaps you are in the majority to save your positions here between the red chairs. But you are a minority in the country. You are a minority in your parties as well. Everyone understood this is a government based on the division of positions and on fear. The only fear that is now clear to everyone is the fear of going back to elections and being left at home by Italians and having to actually work again."

W/S W/S Senator Isabella Rauti

SOT, Matteo Salvini, League Party leader (Italian): "To this fear and to hate we respond with a smile, loving our enemies and our adversaries, working for them as well. Because you may run away for a few weeks, for a few months, but you cannot run away forever."

W/S Casellati

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