May 6, 2019 / 4:44 PM / 6 months ago

Italy's PM says coalition not facing showdown over graft case

FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gestures during a joint news conference with his Tunisian counterpart Youssef Chahed, in Tunis, Tunisia, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Monday he was confident ruling parties would find an agreement over a graft scandal involving a junior minister from the League, avoiding a showdown that might pull the coalition apart.

“It won’t come down to a vote count”, Conte said, referring to a cabinet meeting set to discuss the case on Wednesday.

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has been piling pressure on its right-wing government partner the League to force the junior Infrastructure Minister Armando Siri to resign, but League chief Matteo Salvini has so far refused to do so.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte; writing by Angelo Amante, editing by Gavin Jones

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