Italian Lega Politician Salvini Faces Criticism at Home Despite Surviving Motion of No Confidence

Salvini survives no confidence vote in Italy

Italian Lega politician Matteo Salvini, who remains transport minister and deputy to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, recently survived a motion of no confidence brought against him by the opposition. The leader of the right-wing populist party Lega garnered support from the coalition of three center-right parties during a debate in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, with 209 MPs rejecting the motion and only 129 in favor, while three abstained. As a result, Salvini retains his position as transport minister and deputy head of government.

Salvini, who gained notoriety in Germany for his tough stance on boat refugees and rescue organizations during his time as interior minister, is currently facing criticism at home for his statements regarding Russia, which some interpret as being too supportive of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. He has had close ties with Putin in the past, raising concerns among some within his own party.

Prior to the no-confidence vote, the Lega released a statement distancing itself from a previous agreement with the Kremlin party United Russia in 2017. There is also growing dissent within the Lega regarding Salvini’s leadership. The results of the upcoming European elections in June are being closely watched in Rome, with Salvini’s position within the party potentially at risk if Lega performs poorly. Current polls show Lega polling below ten percent, trailing behind Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia party which has moved towards the center since coming to power. In the 2019 European elections, Lega secured over 34 percent of the vote.

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