August 8, 2019 / 6:15 PM / 16 days ago

REFILE-Italy's Salvini says govt is finished, wants elections

(Corrects typo)

ROME, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Thursday there was no way to patch up differences in Italy’s ruling coalition and the only way forward was to hold new elections.

Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, said in a statement that he had told Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that the League’s alliance with the 5-Star Movement had collapsed and “we should quickly give the choice back to the voters”.

He said parliament could be convened next week to carry out the necessary procedural steps. (Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Gavin Jones, Editing by Mark Bendeich)

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