Italian Prime Minister Conte threatens to quit over cabinet turmoil

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:36 AM PT — Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is threatening to resign over disagreements within the ruling coalition.

On Monday, Conte said the Five Star Movement and the League Party must set aside their disagreements and join forces to advance long overdue reforms. He also said he’s under pressure to deliver a sustainable budget for the fiscal year 2020.

Tensions between the two populist-right parties arose after the recent EU elections in which the League won by a large margin.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte talks to reporters during a press conference he held at Chigi Palace government’s office, in Rome, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Conte, who is an independent, said political tensions aren’t helping his effort to improve the Italian economy.

“We have to work on an economic maneuver that promises to be complex, we need to undertake a review of spending, and remodel our tax system,” he stated. “We are facing delicate choices and we will have to succeed in pursuing an accommodating policy, as we have done so far, but while also keeping our budget in order.”

Observers have said Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini may seek to increase his cabinet influence after his victory in the EU election.

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