- Salvini began on August 9 the so-called ‘mojito crisis’ by announcing from the beach the rupture of the coalition with the 5 Star Movement and the presentation of a motion of censure against the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte.
- “The Government stops here. I will listen to all the speeches and then I will go to the Quirinal to resign,” said Conte.
- “I am a free man and I am not afraid of the judgment of the Italians. Here there are free men and others who are less free. Those who are afraid of voting are not free,” Salvini said.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday during a speech in the Senate following the crisis unleashed by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
“The current crisis definitely compromises the experience of this Government, which stops here,” Conte said during his speech. “I will listen to all the speeches and then I will go to the Quirinal to resign,” he added.
” Salvini’s decision violates the solemn commitment made with the government contract,” Conte denounced. “The moment of Salvini’s decision exposes the country to serious risks,” added the still prime minister, who has also accused the Interior Minister of pursuing personal and partisan interests and of “lack of constitutional culture.”
Salvini, leader of the ultra-right-wing League formation, has responded to the prime minister: “I would do the same thing again. I am a free man and I am not afraid of the judgment of the Italians. Here are free men and others who are less free. who are afraid to vote are not free, “Salvini responded in the Senate session.
Salvini started on August 9, known as the ‘mojito crisis’. Between beach and beach, music, dances, friends and mojitos, the Interior Minister broke the coalition with the 5 Star Movement (M5S), called for general elections as soon as possible taking advantage of the pull of the polls and announced a motion of censure against Conte.
“I ask the Italians to give me full powers to be able to do what we have promised without stones in the shoe. Whoever chooses Salvini knows what he chooses,” the political representative announced during one of his vacation rallies along the coast.
A few days later, Salvini’s order to seize power experienced his first defeat. The Italian Senate, with the votes of the M5S and the Democratic Party (center-left), overthrew the proposal of the ultra-rightist to expel Conte. Then, the Chamber set an appearance of the prime minister for this Tuesday.
“Dear Giuseppe, today is an important day. The day when the League will have to answer for its faults for having decided to tear it all down, opening a crisis in mid-August, on the beach, just for using the polls. Today in the Senate. M5S ministers will be by your side, “Luigi Di Maio, deputy prime minister, and leader of the 5 Star Movement said shortly before the session. “Whatever happens, I wanted to tell you that it was an honor to work together in this Government,” he said.
Several sectors of the M5S and the Democratic Party, including former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, advocate an alliance between the two parties to avoid holding elections and a foreseeable victory for the League.
Minutes before the speech of Conte in the Senate, followers of the League and the 5 Star Movement have faced the doors of the Senate. Salvini’s followers have demanded elections and those of the M5S have shown their support for the prime minister.
— Radio Vaticana Italia (@Rvaticanaitalia) August 20, 2019
Salvini has referred during his speech to his immigration decisions. “And or I have not had to go talk to Merkel to ask for advice to save the election campaign because Salvini had closed the ports. I have done it and will do it again if the Italians give me the opportunity. Endpoint,” he said. “If there are those who agree with clandestine immigration, they have nothing to do with me. Regarding sovereignty: freedom is not about having a fair boss, but about not having a boss. We have the freedom to defend our borders and beaches,” has added.
“I answer only to the Italian people, neither to Merkel nor to Macron, only to men, women, and children, and I am not ashamed to say, children who have a father and a mother,” said the ultra-rightist.