Salvini remains in power after surviving no-confidence motion in Italy

The motion of no confidence against Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini was unsuccessful in Italy. Salvini, who is also the leader of the right-wing populist party Lega, received overwhelming support from the coalition of three center-right parties during a session in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. With 209 MPs voting against the motion, Salvini retains his position as transport minister and deputy head of government under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Salvini gained notoriety in Germany for his strict measures against boat refugees and rescue organizations during his previous role as interior minister. His recent statements regarding Russia have sparked criticism at home, with some interpreting them as aligning closely with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. Salvini has also faced scrutiny for his past connections with Putin.

The Lega distanced itself from a 2017 agreement with the Kremlin’s United Russia party leading up to the vote of no confidence. Criticism of Salvini within the Lega itself has also emerged, with some members calling for him to step down as leader if the party performs poorly in upcoming elections. The party’s performance in the upcoming European elections in June is seen as significant, with Salvini’s leadership potentially at risk if the Lega underperforms. The party is currently polling below ten percent, trailing behind Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia party, which has shifted towards the center since gaining power. In the 2019 European elections, the Lega secured over 34 percent of the vote.

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