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Italian leftwing parties unite to avoid plebiscite

After the Italian government collapsed recently, instead of the nation having an election, a group of left-wing parties are busy cobbling together a new coalition, denying the Italian people a say.

Published: September 4, 2019, 8:22 am

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    The left-wing Democratic Party wants to reopen Italy’s ports. Led by Nicola Zingaretti, the PD has made it clear it would like to overturn the migration and security decrees enacted by former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Il Giornale reported.

    Salvini said the new coalition would not last. “This government was born as a government of losers and sluggers united by the only glue of hatred against the League and against those who do not think like them, but which is the majority of people.”

    He added: “You won’t go far, you don’t agree on anything.” On Facebook Salvini attacked the messy Five Star Movement (M5S) and PD talks following the vote on the Rousseau platform that was started by the government headed by Guiseppe Conte.

    The League explained: “They tried to put makeup on this match.” The party launched a direct message to M5S leader Luigi Di Maio and Zingaretti: “You can run away from the elections for a few months, but not indefinitely. Sooner or later you’ll receive a free and democratic ballot, not like the Rousseau platform.

    “It will be more serious asking 60 million Italians, instead of 60 000 Five-star militants. It won’t go far, you don’t agree on anything. […] It seems that half the list of ministers comes from Berlin and the other half from Paris.”

    The M5S – a champion of “digital democracy” – based its new government deal on a vote among its members through its online platform, Rousseau. Critics say there is a lack of official documentation or certification from a third party to attest that the number of voters is correct.

    The platform cannot be seen as representative of M5S supporters, as the membership numbers are a drop in the ocean compared to the 10,7 million Italians who voted for M5S in the 2018 general election.

    Finally the leader of the League said: “I am happy that the League is not part of this shameful barter. I do not envy you”.

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