ROME, September 4. / TASS /. The leader of the former ruling Liga party, Matteo Salvini, has criticized the new government, whose composition was announced Wednesday by its head Giuseppe Conte. On his Twitter account, Salvini called it "the cabinet of horrors."
"This is a government of horrors, people dependent on posts, united only by hatred of the League. They will reopen ports and borders. But I will be even more decisive, and we will prepare to take this country back into our hands," Salvini wrote ...
Another opposition party, the Brothers of Italy, has already announced the first protest to be held on Thursday during the swearing-in of new ministers.
Salvini himself provoked the government crisis when he announced the absence of a parliamentary majority (the League with the 5-Star Movement) and called for new elections on August 8, but the League's former partners from the Movement managed to come to terms with old opponents from the Democratic Party (PD) on the creation of an alternative majority, on the basis of which Conte, who was also the head of the previous cabinet, was called up as prime minister, and formed a new government.
The 5 Star Movement remains the country's first political force, but its advantage over the League, which is a partner in the ruling coalition, is only 1.6 percent.
Matteo Salvini. Photo: facebook.com/salviniofficial
In Italy, in the three months since the parliamentary elections on March 4, the popularity of the Liga party has grown by 11 percent to 28.5 percent. This is evidenced by the results of the IPSOS public opinion poll published by the Corriere della Sera.
It is noteworthy that a significant increase in the confidence of the electorate falls on the period from May 18 to May 31, when the question of a coalition government with the participation of the 5 Stars Movement (D5Z) and the League was being decided. On May 27, the country found itself on the verge of an acute political and institutional crisis caused by the refusal of the country's President Sergio Mattarella to approve the composition of ministers due to the presence of Eurosceptic Paolo Savona as a candidate for the post of head of the Minister of Economy and Finance and the position of Matteo Salvini, who then said, which will not yield on the issue of appointments "not a single centimeter". The situation was avoided thanks to the constructive positions taken by all interested parties, which made it possible on May 31 to create a coalition government with the participation of the 5 Star Movement and the League, which was sworn in by the President on June 1.
But it was during the same period that there was a recorded 2.5 percent drop in the rating of the "five-star", which is now, according to IPSOS, 30.1 percent. D5Z continues to be the first political force in the country, but is ahead of the "ligists" by only 1.6 percent.
Strong support for the decisions and actions of the head of state in the last week of May brought small political dividends to the Democratic Party, which is now ready to support 19.2 percent of voters.This is 0.5 percent more compared to the result obtained by the Democrats in the March 4 elections.
Against the background of the growing popularity of the League, the rapid decline of the Forward Italy party by Silvio Berlusconi continues. In three months, her rating plummeted from 14 percent to 9 percent. But the most noticeable drop - by 3 percent at once - was registered by IPSOS in the period from May 18 to May 31.
Corriere della Sera publishes an article on Sunday entitled “Berlusconi, the miracle did not happen: the decline of the center right,” writes: “Matteo Salvini's electoral victory ended the center-right coalition led by Berlusconi. Formally, the coalition continues to be in the first place (among the electorate), but in reality it has changed its essence, language, place, and face. The center-right, led by Salvini, has changed the agenda of a coalition that emerged in early 1994 with characteristics that are now sadly supported only by its minority, with 10 percent support. The story is over, the claim that the unity of the center of the right is associated with its undeniable leader and founder looks empty. "
As the newspaper notes with reference to the IPSOS poll, only 55 percent of the traditional voters of the Forward Italy party are now ready to unconditionally cast their votes for it, 22 percent prefer “not to participate in the elections” or “doubt”, and another 17 percent are ready to support League.
In the three months that have passed since March 4, all the "small" parties that entered the parliament of the 18th convocation have lost part of their electorate. The leftists from the association "Free and Equal" can now count on the support of only 3.1 percent of voters (-0.3 percent). The electoral rating of the center-right party "The Brothers of Italy" is 3.9 percent (-0.4 percent).2 percent of voters (- 0.6 percent) are now ready to vote for the radicals from the movement "+ Europe Emma Bonino", and 0.5 percent (- 0.8 percent) for the centrists from the group "We with Italy"