After Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio formally left the 5-Star Movement, Italy’s political landscape changed.
(AP) ROME — Wednesday saw a change in Italy’s political scene when Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio formally announced his departure from the 5-Star Movement, the party he helped build, over its Ukraine policy.
After Premier Mario Draghi updated the Senate on Italy’s ongoing commitment to aiding Ukraine in its defense against Russia, Di Maio announced his resignation.
The lower Chamber of Deputies’ president officially announced on Wednesday that roughly 20 5-Star legislators who defected alongside Di Maio will represent the new movement “Together for the Future” in the chamber. According to news reports, a dozen or more 5-Star senators also defected, making the League, a right-wing party, the dominant force in Parliament.
The 5-Star movement experienced weeks of tensions brought up by disagreements over Italy’s Ukraine policy, which culminated in the movement’s earthquake. Former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the head of the 5-Star Movement, has urged Italy to cease supplying Ukraine with weapons and to concentrate more on diplomatic solutions. This has caused a rift with Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who is in charge of carrying out the government’s Ukraine strategy.
At a news conference held in the wee hours, Di Maio said, “We had to choose which side of history to stand on.
But for the party, which was established as a grassroots anti-establishment movement and reached its zenith in the 2018 legislative election, when it became the majority party in Parliament, the recent 5-Star crisis has only been the most recent setback. However, as the party leadership tried to stay in power by establishing alliances with the right, the left, and most recently Draghi’s broad alliance, it has seen its popular support decline and its base defect in recent years.
Other political figures jumped on the news right once, with former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi applauding what he called the “end” of the 5-Star experiment.
He tweeted, “It was a political experience that we constantly opposed because we thought it injured the country. “Let’s stop discussing it now. Let’s get back to politics and the important stuff.
As a result of his party’s new legislative majority, League leader Matteo Salvini vowed not to seek new cabinet positions, stating he doesn’t seek “thrones.” Instead, he advocated for fresh steps to assist Italians who were struggling with high gas and electricity costs.
The turmoil inside the 5-Star Movement cannot be used to defeat the administration, he claimed.
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