Italian leadership triade meet to diffuse tension after government’s defeat in the House
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Premier Giuseppe Conte had a meeting with his two deputy premiers, Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, at the Lower House on Wednesday. The meeting follows tension within the ruling alliance over a defeat on Tuesday in a secret vote in the House on an amendment to an anti-corruption bill.

This meant a reform of measures regarding misappropriation wanted by Di Maio’s 5-Star Movement and reluctantly backed by Salvini’s League party was scrapped.

On Wednesday Conte and Interior Minister Salvini both described the defeat as an ordinary slip up that will be rectified later.

“The news is that the bill will be approved by the House on its third reading at the end of December,” Conte said at the end of Wednesday’s meeting.


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