ROME (Reuters) – The leader of Italy’s far-right League said on Monday he would stick with his coalition with the anti-establishment 5-Star party, despite his own victory and 5-Star’s disappointing third place finish in a European election.
After speculation in the runup to the vote that a thumping League win could shift the balance of power and undermine the year-old coalition, League leader Matteo Salvini struck a magnanimous tone in victory.
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“For me our government allies are friends and from tomorrow we will get back to work with serenity and softer tones,” Salvini told reporters.
“My opponent is and remains the Left,” he said, referring to the pro-Europe Democratic Party (PD), which placed second.
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For his part, 5-Star chief Luigi Di Maio blamed his party’s defeat on a low turnout in its southern strongholds, and also ruled out a cabinet re-shuffle.
“Nothing will change and we will get going again from today,” he said in an interview with daily Corriere della Sera. He said he hoped to meet Salvini this week to set the next priorities and he expected they would govern together for a full five-year term.
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With the vote count almost completed, the League had more than 34% of the vote and 5-Star had just 17%, an almost exact inversion of the result of national elections a year ago that led to the coalition between the two. The PD was on around 23%.
The campaign was acrimonious, with the League and 5-Star fiercely attacking each other,...
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