July 18, 2019 / 3:12 PM / 5 months ago

Italian deputy PM Salvini - if government can't go ahead, there should be elections

FILE PHOTO: Deputy Prime Minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini speaks to the media at the League party headquarters, following the results of the European Parliament elections, in Milan, Italy May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italy should head to snap elections if the current government cannot carry on, Deputy Prime Minister and League leader Matteo Salvini said on Thursday as tensions mounted between the country’s warring coalition partners.

“I don’t see a different government from this one, if it no longer makes sense for this government to carry on... then there should be elections,” Salvini said.

Tensions between Salvini and coalition partner Luigi Di Maio, who heads the 5-Star Movement, have been rising in recent days with both leaders warning on Thursday the government could collapse following mutual recriminations over the election of the next European Commission president.

Reporting by Angelo Amante, Writing by Silvia Aloisi, Editing by Juliette Jabkhiro

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