France 24
France 24 14 Jan 2021

Italy political crisis: Govt risks collapse after withdrawal of Renzi


On Wednesday #Renzi pulled his tiny centrist party #Italia Viva from the coalition, unseating Prime Minister Giuseppe #Conte's government and throwing Italy into political chaos in the midst of a resurgent coronavirus emergency.

Italy is facing a political crisis at a critical moment in its fight against coronavirus.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is scrambling to find enough allies to survive confidence votes.
Meanwhile, lockdown rules are being extended - meaning more misery for businesses sinking in debt.
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"The deal is done," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, as he posted a photo of himself with both thumbs raised in celebration.

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