April 19, 2019 / 10:00 AM / 2 months ago

Italy's League does not want to bring down coalition - Salvini

FILE PHOTO: Matteo Salvini, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the far-right League Party, gestures as he launches campaigning for the European elections, in Milan, Italy, April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s League does not want to bring down the ruling coalition, party chief Matteo Salvini said on Friday, responding to accusations from his government ally that he was threatening to quit the administration.

“What government crisis are you talking about? The League wants to govern well and for a long time in the interests of Italians,” said Salvini, who serves as deputy prime minister and interior minister in the coalition.

Earlier, the 5-Star Movement said the League was threatening to bring down the government over a graft scandal involving one of Salvini’s closest advisors.

Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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