Salvini remains in power after surviving no-confidence motion in Italy

Salvini, the leader of the right-wing populist party Lega, managed to retain his position as Deputy Prime Minister and transport minister in Italy after a no-confidence motion against him was unsuccessful. The opposition’s attempt to remove Salvini from power failed during a session in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, with 209 MPs voting against the motion.

Salvini has faced criticism at home for his recent statements regarding Russia, which some have interpreted as aligning closely with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. He has also faced scrutiny for his past connections with Putin, as well as for his strict measures against boat refugees and rescue organizations during his previous role as interior minister in Germany.

Leading up to the vote of no confidence, the Lega distanced itself from a 2017 agreement with the Kremlin’s United Russia party. Criticism of Salvini within the Lega itself has also emerged, and there are concerns about the party’s performance in upcoming European elections in June. The Lega is currently polling below ten percent and trailing behind Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia party, which has shifted towards the center since gaining power. In contrast, during the 2019 European elections, the Lega secured over 34 percent of the vote.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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