Italy: Salvini pledges parliamentary action, slams new PM as 'Mr. X'

SOT, Journalist (Italian): «What about on the centre-right side?» SOT, Matteo Salvini, Leader of League party (Italian): «Ask Berlusconi.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «They [Forza Italia] said they would not vote in favour, Meloni [Fratelli d'Italia leader Giorgia Meloni] said the same.» SOT, Matteo Salvini, Leader of League party (Italian): «That's good news.» SOT, Journalist (Italian... Еще): «Salvini, is this work you are doing with the Five Star Movement at the base of an alliance ahead of the next elections?» SOT, Matteo Salvini, Leader of League party (Italian): «This I cannot say. What I certainly know is that for three weeks we have worked seriously. And we have seriously believed in this government and we were sad — not so much for us, because I am not a minister — but because many Italians hoped for this government to kick off. So it really was an ugly, serious and baseless action, so let's see.» Leader of the League Matteo Salvini said that his party and the Five Star Movement (M5S) would fulfil their planned «government contract» through parliamentary action, speaking outside the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome on Monday. «We will use the League and Five Star Movement members of parliament to turn at least a part of the government contract that we worked on for three weeks into law,» Salvini said. Despite not confirming any possible alliance with the M5S ahead of future elections, Salvini said «what I certainly know is that for three weeks we have worked seriously.» The League leader criticised Italian President Sergio Mattarella giving the prime minister mandate Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) senior official Carlo Cottarelli, calling the latter a «Mr. X who has the trust of nobody.»

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