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Aug 9, 2019 | 12:39 GMT

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Italy: League Party Files No-Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister

What Happened: Italy's right-wing League party has introduced a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, with the leaders of the main parliamentary groups to decide on the exact date of the vote next week, La Stampa reported Aug. 9.

Why It Matters: The League's decision to withdraw from Italy's coalition government has significantly increased the chances of an early general election. However, President Sergio Mattarella will ask the parties in parliament to explore ways to appoint a new government, which could prevent early elections.

Background: The League triggered a political crisis in Italy on Aug. 8 when it asked for a new general election, virtually ending its alliance with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

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