Robert HARNEIS -TDO- (France)- Matteo Renzi's Italia Viva party has withdrawn from the government coalition, causing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to lose his majority in the upper chamber, the Senate.
Italia Viva withdrew from the government coalition led by Giuseppe Conte on 13 January. The former leader of the Democratic Party has accused the Conte government of mismanaging the pandemic. However, it would seem that the quarrel has more to do with €200 million funds being made available to the government by the EU to help with difficulties during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Matteo Renzi criticizes Conte for his management of the pandemic and his plan to spend the money that the European Union has agreed to allow Italy as part of its mega-plan for recovery.
There are several exit possibilities from the crisis. Conte could find support on the center-right to replace the votes of Italia Viva, but that seems unlikely for the moment. League leader Matteo Salvini has declared himself ready to consider a coalition government led by the former President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi . Right and far right parties have called for Conte to resign immediately or ask Parliament for a vote of confidence. If this confidence is refused new elections would be inevitable.
However it seems that Conte may be able to continue in office by attracting the support of additional senators through a government reshuffle.