Anti-immigration hardliner Salvini could become Italy’s next Prime Minister
Matteo Salvini’s Lega party has become the third largest party of the country after yesterday’s elections. But as the numbers one and two have no coalition support, Salvini thinks he should form the next government together with the other parties of Berlusconi’s centre-right bloc.
Salvini said “It’s an extraordinary victory, which fills us with pride, joy and responsibility. I see it as a vote for the future; the Italians have rewarded the future”.
The leader of Lega added that, “The team with whom you must talk and govern is the centre-right”. He ruled out “weird alliances” with other parties like the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), which was the big winner of the elections with almost one third of the vote.
“I’m someone who keeps his word and the commitment regards the centre right coalition, which has won and can govern”, Salvini said.
The negotiations to form an Italian coalition government could take a long time as no party or pre-election coalition has formed a majority. Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition received 37% of the vote, the centre-left coalition 22% and the 5-star Movement 32%.
Under Italy’s new electoral law, parties or coalitions must reach a threshold of 40% of the vote. If no party or coalition reaches 40%, it will be up to Italian President Sergio Mattarella to decide which party or coalition is allowed to form a new government.