Ital­ian coalition lead­ers keep snip­ing even after PM ul­ti­ma­tum

ROME (REUTERS),4 JUNE,2019 -

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Italy’s coalition lead­ers pro­fessed loy­alty to the gov­ern­ment on Tues­day after Prime Min­is­ter Giuseppe Conte threat­ened to quit if they did not stop feud­ing, but the two rul­ing par­ties kept up their mu­tual re­crim­i­na­tions.

Conte told re­porters on Mon­day he would re­sign un­less the right-wing League and anti-es­tab­lish­ment 5-Star Move­ment did not put aside their many dif­fer­ences and re­sume work on en­act­ing an agreed pol­icy pro­gramme. Both League leader Mat­teo Salvini and his 5-Star coun­ter­part Luigi Di Maio said on Tues­day they wanted to con­tinue work­ing to­gether. How­ever, un­der­scor­ing the deep-seat ran­cour, a 5-Star min­is­ter ac­cused the League of plot­ting to col­lapse the year-old gov­ern­ment, while Salvini set an ul­ti­ma­tum of his own.

“If I re­alise after a cou­ple of weeks that we are still say­ing the same things, with the same de­lays and the same post­pone­ments, then we would have a prob­lem,” Salvini, who serves as deputy prime min­is­ter, told RTL ra­dio.

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