No-confidence votes against Santanche and Salvini, pictured, thi week

Santanchè and Salvini no-confidence votes this week


The Italian parliament executive has a brief yet intense week ahead of them. Along with no-confidence votes for Santanchè and Salvini are the reform of the Premiership, end-of-life legislation and shorter work weeks.

After the Easter break, both the majority and the opposition are gearing up for parliamentary battles.

In the spotlight is the Chamber of Deputies, where the governing coalition faces two no-confidence votes for ministers Daniela Santanchè and Matteo Salvini on Wednesday and Thursday.

The likelihood of Daniela Santanchè and Matteo Salvini facing criticism from their own centre-right coalition is slim. However, the opposition’s questions in the separate no-confidence motions regarding the Minister of Tourism’s economic activities and the League’s ties with the United Russia party pose significant challenges for the government.

While the Democratic Party maintains pressure with a social media prank about Santanché’s resignation, Fratelli d’Italia is rallying support to defend the Minister of Tourism in the Chamber. The objective is to ensure a solid shield against the motion of no confidence. However, if rejected, the vote could temporarily remove her from the ministry.

Awaiting the GUP’s decision on investigations into the Visibilia case adds to the government’s challenges, particularly concerning Santanché’s involvement. Rumours of impending closure of the second phase of the investigation further complicate matters for the executive.

League’s relationship with Russia

In addition to Santanché’s case, the Chamber will vote on a no-confidence motion against Deputy Prime Minister Salvini. The debate will focus on the League’s relationship with United Russia. Carlo Calenda urges Salvini to demonstrate the breakdown of the agreement, offering to withdraw the motion. Salvini’s response remains unclear, raising concerns within the majority.

Tensions between Fratelli d’Italia and the League persist as they vie for electoral prominence. The Senate’s First Commission will vote on Article 3 of the reform on the Premiership, allowing the direct election of the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, regional presidents, including Luca Zaia, will discuss differentiated autonomy, scheduled for arrival in the Chamber on April 29th.

Amidst these challenges, the opposition prepares to challenge the majority in the Commission, focusing on end-of-life legislation and shorter workweeks.

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