Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s administration faces a crisis after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s party resigned from the government, taking several cabinet ministers with him.
Matteo Renzi, who heads the Italia Viva (IV) party, announced on Wednesday he could no longer support the Conte coalition government, leaving the alliance of the Five-Star Movement and the left-wing Democratic Party (PD) without a majority in the parliament.
The move comes after weeks of tensions between Renzi and Conte over various disagreements on policy — primarily relating to how to spend coronavirus bailout cash — along with many threats made by Renzi in the past to leave the government.
“It takes courage, inner freedom, and a sense of responsibility. We did not cause the crisis. It has been building for months. Now, we will leave our seats,” Renzi said, according to Il Giornale.
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