August 20, 2019 / 2:55 PM / a month ago

Italy's Salvini says ready to pass budget before elections

Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini gestures as he speaks during a session of the upper house of parliament over the ongoing government crisis, in Rome, Italy August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s League leader Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he was ready to keep the coalition government alive to approve a 2020 budget and vote in a reform of parliament before heading to early elections.

Salvini, who serves as deputy prime minister, has presented a motion of no confidence in the government. However, he told parliament that he would be willing to hold back a while to let key legislation pass.

“Do you want to cut the number of parliamentarians and then go to vote? We’re ready for that. If you then want to present a courageous budget, then we are ready for that too,” he told the Senate.

Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Gavin Jones

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