Salvini remains in power after surviving no-confidence motion in Italy

Italy, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s No-Confidence Motion Fails Despite Criticism and International Scrutiny

In Italy, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s no-confidence motion against the Lega party was unsuccessful. Salvini, who is also the leader of the right-wing populist party Lega, received overwhelming support from the coalition of three center-right parties during a session in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. With 209 MPs voting against the motion, Salvini retains his position as transport minister and deputy head of government under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Salvini gained notoriety in Germany for his strict measures against boat refugees and rescue organizations during his previous role as interior minister. His recent statements regarding Russia have sparked criticism at home, with some interpreting them as aligning closely with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. Salvini has also faced scrutiny for his past connections with Putin.

Leading up to the vote of no confidence, the Lega distanced itself from a 2017 agreement with the Kremlin’s United Russia party. Criticism of Salvini within the Lega itself has also emerged. The party’s performance in the upcoming European elections in June is seen as significant, with Salvini’s leadership potentially at risk if the Lega underperforms. The party is currently polling below ten percent, trailing behind Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia party, which has shifted towards the center since gaining power. In

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