The leader of Italia Viva, Matteo Renzi, has opened a crisis in the Government of Giuseppe Conte after announcing the resignation of the two ministers of his party.
“The crisis was not opened by Italia Viva; the crisis has been open for months “, said the Social Democrat Renzi, as soon as a press conference began to announce the departure of his party from the governmental coalition also formed by the 5-Star Movement (M5E) and the Democratic Party.
The two ministers who leave the Government are the head of Agriculture, Teresa Bellanova, and that of Family and Equality, Elena Bonetti.
“It takes a lot of courage and personal freedom to resign, and (also) a sense of responsibility. It is much more difficult to leave a seat, an armchair, than to cling to the tenacious pursuit of the status quo,” Renzi said. And he said he has the maximum confidence in the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, as arbiter of the crisis.
Shortly before his announcement, the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, had hoped that the government crisis would not finally break out, as he pointed out that this would not be understood by the country at this time and promised to work until the last moment to maintain cohesion in the Executive.
Conte made these statements to journalists outside the Quirinal Palace, where he met with the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
Renzi had been threatening the government coalition with the resignation of its two ministers for several weeks, claiming their differences on the management of the European funds of the Recovery Plan.
However, for the rest of the members of the Government it is just an excuse for Renzi to gain more weight in the Executive and directly force the crisis.
“We are ready to discuss everything (…). If there is an institutional government, we are ready to support it. If there is a government with the same coalition, we are ready to support it. If we have to go to the opposition, we are ready to do it, “he said.
But the Italian media have advanced that after the departure of Italia Viva of the majority, Conte will have no intention of negotiating with Renzi a new Executive and that he would be looking for external support among the centrists.
If he does not succeed, he will have to resign and would lead Italy to new elections.