August 8, 2019 / 6:20 PM / 16 days ago

Italy's Salvini says government is finished, wants elections

FILE PHOTO: Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini addresses a news conference at the end of a meeting with key economic players to discuss the forthcoming 2020 budget, at Viminale Palace, Rome, Italy, July 15 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo

ROME (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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