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Italian PM Conte to address Senate on Aug 20 over govt crisis

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-08-14 09:40

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte reacts at a late evening news conference at government house in Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will address the Senate on Aug 20 over the political crisis sweeping the government after his coalition partner the far-right League filed a no-confidence motion in the administration.

In a setback for League leader Matteo Salvini, the Senate voted on Tuesday not to hold an immediate no-confidence vote, but instead played for time and decided to allow Conte to speak to the upper house beforehand.

Rightist parties supported Salvini's request for a debate on Wednesday, but the ruling 5-Star Movement backed by opposition centre-left parliamentarians defeated the bid, thereby seizing the initiative over the timetable of the crisis.

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