Conte appeals to Senate on day of reckoning for govt (3) - English

Conte appeals to Senate on day of reckoning for govt (3) - English

Conte's coalition, formed in 2019, is made up of the populist Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S), the centre-left Partito Democratico (PD) and the small leftist LEU party.

Conte's government won the lower house vote by 321 to 259 - a wider margin than expected.

The prime minister is hoping to secure enough votes from opposition and independent lawmakers in the Senate vote on Tuesday, which is expected to be a bigger challenge than the Monday's lower house vote.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won near unanimous parliamentary backing for extra spending for the COVID-hit economy on Wednesday, just hours after he narrowly survived an attempt by a junior coalition partner to unseat him. "Italy doesn't have a minute to lose".

Conte emerged with a narrow show of support from Italy's Chamber of Deputies, 321 voted for the government, only six more than the minimum required for a majority.

Mr. Conte, a little-known law professor who was chosen to lead two unwieldy coalition governments in 2018 and 2019, has become an unexpectedly stable premier since a year ago, when Italy became the first Western country to be severely hit by the coronavirus.

Mattarella has pressured Conte to engineer a quick resolution to the problem - one way or another - and has stressed the need for a stable majority if he is to remain in power, officials said.

Renzi cited disagreements with the government over its handling of the pandemic and its National Recovery and Resilience Plan, a massive investment project using European Union (EU) funds, as his reasons for quitting.

Still, "it remains unclear how such a weak and unwieldy coalition. without a majority can lead Italy out of the deepest economic crisis since World War II amid a pandemic", noted Wolfango Piccoli of the Teneo political consultancy.

Conte is appealing to so-called "constructor" lawmakers from outside the ruling coalition to vote for the government and stop it collapsing in the middle of the COVID-10 pandemic. "Everyone can make their evaluations", Conte told the lower house.

In the event, only two members of the opposition centre-right Forza Italia party switched sides on Tuesday, while a number of unaligned politicians who had come under heavy pressure to help the government ended up voting against Conte.

The premier had earlier appealed to liberal, pro-European lawmakers to support his beleaguered government or risk handing power to the nationalist right.

After the vote result was called Tuesday, Salvini tweeted that it was a "sad moment in history". "He has passed no reforms and you can tell from the recovery plan that other European Union member states are very nervous as over €200bn will go down the drain."Renzi had criticised the post-pandemic spending plan as weak, arguing that the money risked being squandered".

"The country has united with the pandemic, with its suffering", he said.

"I assure you it's very hard to govern in these conditions, with people who continuously place mines in our path and try to undermine the political balance patiently reached by the coalition", Conte told the Senate.

Related Articles

  • FOX Sports confirms Lions hire Dan Campbell as head coach

    FOX Sports confirms Lions hire Dan Campbell as head coach

    Schefter adds that a contract between Campbell and the Lions still needs to be negotiated, but "it is not considered an obstacle". After leaving the Dolphins in January 2016, Campbell was hired by the Saints as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach.
    White House science adviser promoted to ministerial rank under Biden

    White House science adviser promoted to ministerial rank under Biden

    His presidential tweets will become a permanent record of his interactions with the American people and will be available @POTUS45.
    Tiger Woods pushes back start to 2021 after op

    Tiger Woods pushes back start to 2021 after op

    Following his last microdiscectomy in 2017, Woods won the '18 Tour Championship and '19 Masters (his 15th major championship). Tiger Woods has undergone back surgery and will not compete in the next two tournaments at Torrey Pines or Riviera.
  • United Kingdom  medical experts urge caution as Covid toll tops 90K

    United Kingdom medical experts urge caution as Covid toll tops 90K

    NHS England data shows 56,000 Covid deaths were recorded in over-60s by January 14 - but only 4,500 in the under-60s. England is in its third national lockdown , with schools closed to most pupils and people ordered to stay at home.
    Tom Cruise Is Working With NASA to Film a Movie in Space

    Tom Cruise Is Working With NASA to Film a Movie in Space

    That is why it is more than likely the movie will be shot mostly on Earth, and only parts of it in space. Way back in 2000, James Cameron and Cruise were reportedly weighing some sort of space movie.

    How Technology Changed Gaming

    They are as popular as Fortnite’s second chapter that, according to techradar.com , will be talked about for some time. The gaming industry as a whole now has games with demanding graphics that can be played on a phone as well as on a computer.
  • Australia set for Paramount+ mid

    Australia set for Paramount+ mid

    Showtime , the sister streaming service to CBS All Access , will continue to operate separately from Paramount +. The company plans to expand the service to the Nordics on March 25 and Australia in mid-2021.
    Indian Govt Asks WhatsApp to Withdraw its New Privacy Policy Update

    Indian Govt Asks WhatsApp to Withdraw its New Privacy Policy Update

    Users will now have an additional three months - till May - to review and adopt the new terms of service if they so choose. New Delhi also shared disappointment with the timing of this update, which to be fair WhatsApp unveiled past year .
    Tiffany Trump reveals she is ENGAGED to 'amazing fiancé' Michael Boulos

    Tiffany Trump reveals she is ENGAGED to 'amazing fiancé' Michael Boulos

    According to Wikipedia, Michael, of Lebanese and French descent, grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. If you've also been wondering who Michael Boulos is, here is what we know about him.
  • Inflation set for sharp rise after December rebound

    Inflation set for sharp rise after December rebound

    The ONS added that clothing prices rose "fractionally" in December, a month in which they usually tend to fall because of sales. The data also showed that petrol prices rose 1.5p over the month to 114.1p a litre, as the oil price continued to climb.
    Youngest-Ever Inaugural Poet Calls for Unity

    Youngest-Ever Inaugural Poet Calls for Unity

    She was followed by a performance by actress-singer Jennifer Lopez . "No pressure", Gorman said with a laugh. Frost's appearance at the Kennedy inaugural was a kind of valedictory - he was 86 and died two years later.
    Biden wants permanent residence for millions of immigrants

    Biden wants permanent residence for millions of immigrants

    The president-elect will fulfil his promises to strengthen Buy American provisions so the future of America is made in America. Overall, India has been enjoying due attention and respect from both sides of the political aisle in the US.