News ID: 233936
Published: 0832 GMT November 08, 2018

Italy coalition deal would collapse if no agreement on statute of limitations: Di Maio

Italy coalition deal would collapse if no agreement on statute of limitations: Di Maio

The Italian government coalition deal between the League party and the 5-Star Movement would collapse if no agreement is reached over the statute of limitations measures, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio was quoted as saying on Thursday.

“We need to find (an agreement), otherwise the government contract would collapse,” Di Maio, who is also the leader of the 5-Star, said in an interview with Il Fatto Quotidiano paper, in the latest sign of escalating tensions between the two ruling parties, according to Reuters.com.

He also confirmed that on Thursday he would meet with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, deputy prime minister and League leader Matteo Salvini, and Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede.

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement wants to loosen time limits imposed on the prosecution of numerous crimes, including corruption.

The League says easing the statute of limitations means defendants could face unacceptably long legal battles. Five-Star says that as things stand too many cases are rubbed out without a verdict ever being reached.

Other policy differences are also straining the coalition.

On Wednesday, in order to tackle dissent within the 5-Star, the government called a confidence vote in the upper house Senate on a contested security decree championed by Salvini.

 

   
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