Salvini and his allies – led by Luigi DI Maio – had been bickering over a number of issues for weeks. The last of a series of events that have wore out their alliance was the disagreement over the Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link project, which the 5SM opposes staunchly.
Prime Minister Conte has said it is not up to Salvini to dictate when the government falls and new elections are held.
According to the latest polls the League party clearly emerges as Italy’s biggest single party with 38 percent of the vote meaning there is a strong possibility that Salvini would become prime minister should the country return to the ballots.
If the 5SM-League government collapses opposition parties could try to come up with a workable alternative. If they fail, snap elections could be called as early as October to reinstate a new parliament.
Salvini’s motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Conte is to be debated both in the Senate and the Lower House of the Italian parliament, although lawmakers are currently in recess for the summer. According to pundits the government is likely to be formally terminated by the end of next week at the latest.