Not personal clash with Conte says Renzi

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(ANSA) – ROME, JAN 28 – The government crisis caused by
ex-premier Matteo Renzi when he pulled his small centrist party
Italia Viva (IV) out of Premier Giuseppe Conte’s coalition was
not down to a “personal clash” between Renzi and Conte, the IV
leader said after crisis consultations with President Sergio
Mattarella on Thursday.
    He said, however, that IV had not proposed Conte to lead a new
government, “because we’re in a preceding phase”.
    “There are those who want to make out out that the discussion is
about personalities, petty resentments, and nothing could be
further from the truth: it’s out of this world,” said the former
leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
    “We’ve been asking for months to discuss content (of the
government agenda), above all on those items we don’t agree
with,” said Renzi, whose main bone of contention was how to
spend over 200 billion euro from the EU’s COVID Recovery Fund.
    “From the COVID deaths to school closures, we never got proper
answers,” he added.
    Renzi added that Conte’s hunt for Senators to replace IV and
restore his majority was “indecorous”.
    Renzi said the country needed a new government quickly and it
would be better if it was “political rather than institutional”,
ruling out an early general election.
    He said other parties, especially the formerly
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) which has said “never
again with Renzi” but part of which wants to mend fences with
him, “must say whether they want us”.
    Renzi said “no to a cobbled-together or populist majority”.
    (ANSA).
   

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