Right-wing League party leader Matteo Salvini attacked Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese following migrant landings in recent days. Salvini is calling for a sign from the minister, but maintains his party will stay in the government.
Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, is taking aim at Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese on the issue of migrants, asking her for "a sign, if she is able, by August, against the landings" that have taken place in recent days.
However, Salvini said he intends for his party to remain in the government, following a statement a few days ago in which he said his party would pull its support if no response was given.
On Monday, Salvini said his party "is in the government and is fine there."
'Draghi will manage to wake Lamorgese up'
Salvini is being very careful not to get Italian Premier Mario Draghi even a little bit involved in the conflict. In fact, Salvini claimed Draghi is on his side. "I am convinced that Draghi will manage to wake Lamorgese up; I'm an optimist," he said.
"The prime minister is aware that this pace of landings can't be sustained. We're in August and we're at 30,000, what are we waiting for, to get to 100,000? I am convinced that there will be a change of pace," Salvini said, prior to departing from Papeete, a trendy beach club on the Italian coast at Milano Marittima.
"It's a security problem that should involve everyone, not only the League. There needs to be a sign. The minister should block, regulate, expel, but now, by August, not in December," he said.
PD and M5S close ranks around Lamorgese
On the question of whether or not he stays within government, Salvini seems to have gone from issuing ultimatums to indicating that he is more open to dialogue. However, this softening of tone didn't prevent a conflict within the majority around Lamorgese, with the Democratic Party (PD) and the 5-Star Movement (M5S) closing ranks around the minister and accusing the League, with its broadsides, of wanting to put the government's work at risk.
Salvini pushed back on those charges."They criticise me on the fact that I am supposedly the one who weakens the government, but PD and M5S are the ones doing the turkey shoot. Yesterday in parliament 40 M5S members were missing for the preliminary rulings on justice," he said.
PHOTO: Matteo Salvini being interviewed by Bruno Vespa at the "Festa della Lega" in Milano Marittima, 31 July 2021. FACEBOOK LEGA SALVINI PREMIER