Senate calls on Giuseppe Conte to respond to crisis after coalition member pulls out

The Italian senate has opted to summon the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, to parliament on 20 August to respond to the crisis facing his government after one of the coalition’s members withdrew its support. When Conte returns, he could face a vote of no confidence or may choose to resign.

Matteo Salvini’s far-right League party had pushed for the vote to be held on Wednesday as it desperately seeks to end its fractious coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and bring about snap elections, but was opposed on Tuesday night by senators from the M5S, the centre-left Democratic party (PD) and other parties.

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