August 20, 2019 / 1:45 PM / 8 months ago

Italy PM Conte denounces Salvini for toppling govt

ROME, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte accused League leader Matteo Salvini on Tuesday of putting his own personal and party interests before those of the country, warning that his move to topple the government could harm the economy.

Addressing parliament over the political turmoil unleashed by Salvini, Conte accused the League chief of seeking to cash in on his rising popularity in the polls and trigger early elections, putting planned reforms at risk.

“(Salvini) has shown that he is following his own interests and those of his party,” Conte told a packed Senate, with a stony-faced Salvini sitting by his side. “His decisions pose serious risks for this country.” (Reporting by Crispian Balmer Editing by Mark Bendeich)

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