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Members of the populist League party interrupted Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s inaugural speech demanding a fresh election.
The speech, which lasted an hour and a half, was broken up by heckling protests from the League and the national-conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI), who chanted “elections! elections!” in opposition to the new coalition between the Five Star Movement and the left-wing Democratic Party (PD), Il Giornale reports.
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Several MPs also shouted the word “poltrone”, or “armchair”, a reference to the Five Star Movement members who the League and the FdI have accused them of forming the coalition to save their own seats.
During his speech in the Chamber of Deputies, Conte promised that the new government would be both “rigorous and responsible” and called for better relations with the European Union.
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“We cannot in the coming months waste our time with disputes and clashes,” he said and added: “We must be sober in our words and active in our deeds.”
While Italian President Sergio Mattarella has approved of the new cabinet, which includes civil servant Luciana Lamorgese replacing Matteo Salvini as interior minister, the coalition still needs approval from both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate or it must resign.
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