Current Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has ended his governing alliance with the Five Star Party (MS5) in the hope of forcing a new election which would likely propel him to the Premiership—but his enemies are working furiously behind closed doors to prevent this from happening, and might succeed.
MS5 leader and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday this week after months of tension with Salvini’s Lega party. The alliance between the Four Star Party, which contains some far left elements, and the populist Lega party took many by surprise when it was first created, as they had never shared any major policy positions except a distrust of the European Union.
A proposed alliance between M5S and the opposition far left “Democratic Party” (PD) appears to be gaining traction, based mainly on a shared desire to see Salvini expelled from office.
After consulting with Sergio Mattarella, the current President of Italy, PD leader Nicola Zingaretti was quoted saying that he “wanted to form a new government but not at any cost”. Zingaretti has said the party would back an M5S coalition dependent on five conditions, including a complete reversal of Salvini’s zero-tolerance policy on African invaders crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.
Mattarella wields important powers including the ability to pick prime ministers. He is reported to be considering a number of options, including the formation of a new coalition, a short-term technocratic government or an early election—which is Salvini’s preferred option.
After meeting with Mattarella on Thursday, Salvini also offered to continue the coalition with M5S, but called for early elections, saying “sovereignty belongs to the people”.
Opinion polls suggest the Lega would win a new vote, taking 38 percent of the vote. Together with its obvious electoral partners, the Fratellie D’Italia (8 percent) and the Forzia Italia party (6.5%), this would give Salvini an absolute majority in the Italian parliament, opening the way for him to become Prime Minister and completely crack down on the nonwhite invasion of Italy.
It is this possibility, however, which has the far left and communists in a panic, and it is likely that they will do whatever they can to prevent a new election.
If a report in the Repubblica newspaper is correct, namely that President Mattarella wants a plan in place for a new government by Monday, Salvini will know if his gamble has paid off or not within the next few days.