August 9, 2019 / 11:17 AM / 3 months ago

Italy's Salvini warns against 5-Star/PD government

FILE PHOTO: Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini of Italy addresses a news conference at Viminale Palace, Italy, July 15 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, said on Friday that any attempt to install a new ruling coalition would be unacceptable and reiterated his calls for rapid new elections.

Speaking to reporters the day after announcing that the League’s coalition with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement had collapsed, Salvini warned against any maneuvers to block a return to the polls.

“I hope nobody is thinking of taking Italians for a ride, of playing for time and inventing a government that would be democratically unacceptable,” he said in Termoli on the Adriatic coast.

He added that he was alarmed to hear “similar tones” on the issue from 5-Star and the opposition Democratic Party.

Reporting By Gavin Jones, editing by Giselda Vagnoni

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