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20 Aug 2019

Italian PM quits with scathing attack on populist leader Salvini

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The Italian Prime Minister has said he will resign tonight, blaming his rebellious and controversial deputy, Matteo Salvini.

Addressing the Italian Senate, Giuseppe Conte launched a blistering attack on his coalition partner – calling him “irresponsible” and saying he had created a political crisis for “personal and party interests.”

Mr Salvini leads the far right-wing League party which has become popular for its strong anti-immigration rhetoric.