Italy plunged into chaos as PM quits over Matteo Salvini

Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, quit yesterday and launched a bitter attack on his deputy Matteo Salvini, deepening the political chaos that is expected to force autumn elections. Mr Conte, who has struggled to keep the peace in an unruly pact between the nationalist League and the populist Five Star Movement, said Mr Salvini’s irresponsible decision to pull out of the governing coalition in the middle of the summer holiday had exposed Italy to grave economic and political risks. In a chaotic debate in the Senate, Mr Conte accused the deputy prime minister of putting his own political and party interests before those of the nation. Mr Salvini sat beside him, as did the Five Star leader, Luigi Di Maio, and occasionally gestured his disagreement.

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