August 9, 2019 / 12:19 PM / a month ago

Italy Senate to decide on Monday when to hold no-confidence vote in government

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Rome, Italy August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca/Files

ROME (Reuters) - The heads of political groups in Italy’s Senate will meet on Monday to set a date to hold a no-confidence vote in the government, the upper house press office said in a statement on Friday.

The right-wing League, which governs in coalition with the 5-Star Movement, has filed a no-confidence motion against the government headed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who belongs to neither party but is close to 5-Star.

League chief Matteo Salvini hopes the move will trigger snap elections and install him as the nation’s new leader.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Giselda Vagnoni, editing by Isla Binnie

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