Government in Italy – level 3

02-09-2019 07:00

The League party, led by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, is an Italian populist party which was in power. They were in coalition with the Five Star Movement whose Giuseppe Conte was the country’s prime minister.

However, Salvini’s party withdrew from its power-sharing coalition and it shut down the government. Salvini then called a no-confidence vote against the prime minister. Many people saw this move as a way to force snap elections for Salvini to become prime minister.

Prime Minister Conte resigned before the confidence vote could happen. The Italian president Sergio Mattarella consulted with the opposition Democratic Party and Five Star Movement leaders.

While they were opponents in the past, they worked through their differenced and they agreed to form a new government. They agreed that Giuseppe Conte will be prime minister again. They now need to agree on policy and a team of ministers.

Difficult words: no-confidence (a vote if the government is fit to be in power), snap (quick), policy (principle, plan of action).

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