A new cabinet deal designed to circumvent the Italian president’s political deadlock has been hammered out and today a coalition between the Five Star Movement (M5s) and the Lega Party became that country’s new government—with the all-important post of Minister of the Interior going to Lega leader Matteo Salvini, who has promised to expel the African invaders from Italy.
The new government—appointed 88 days after the election which saw the M5s and the Lega party emerge as the two largest parties—means that Italy will now not be subjected to a new election, as the leftist Italian president Sergio Mattarella had hoped.
The first attempt at forming a government failed when the leftist President used his constitutional powers to refuse to appoint a euro-sceptic finance minister proposed by the M5s and Lega parties.
That crisis led to the coalition prime minster candidate, Giuseppe Conte, stepping down, and the president nominating an establishment figure to form a government.
However, that attempt to circumvent democracy also collapsed when it became clear that the replacement government would never survive a motion of confidence in the Italian parliament.
After renewed negotiations between the coalition partners and the president’s office, a compromise was reached over a new finance minister, and the Mattarella today swore in the new MS5-Lega coalition government.
As before, neither the Lega leader Salvini, or the M5s leader Luigi Di Maio, will be prime minister (known in Italy as the “President of the Council of Ministers,” and instead both hold Vice President positions.
Conte, an independent aligned to the M5s, will be President, while the Lega member Giancarlo Giorgetti will be his immediate deputy, or “Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council and Secretary of the Council.”
Di Maio will be Vice President and Minister of Labor, while Salvini will be Vice President and Minister of the Interior.
The new Economics and Finance minister will be the independent Giovanni Tria, and the rest of the portfolios will be divided up between the Lega and the M5s.
Italian media reported that the lineup will face a vote of confidence on Monday or Tuesday in both houses of parliament, which it is almost certain to win thanks to Five Star and the League’s combined majority in parliament.
Salvini previously announced that he was going to “stop the business” of illegal immigration, crack down on the smuggling networks and speed up the expulsions of illegals.
The interior ministry includes the departments responsible for national security and public order, a fact which will allow him to easily implement his election promises, one of which—to deport half a million African invaders within a year—has now become official coalition policy.
Salvini is also on record as saying that he opposes homo marriage, and famously once posed next to a bulldozer on a Twitter entry, with the message “We’re working for you,” a reference to an earlier promise to bulldoze all Gypsy camps in Italy, which are nests of crime and vice.