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Italian Foreign Minister calls for protests

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Italian foreign minister and former leader of the 5 Star Movement called on citizens to come out next weekend to protest against the government, which once again signals a new period of political instability in Italy.

According to The Guardian , Luigi Di Mayo said that the Italian people should take a peaceful protest on the streets of Rome because the authorities want to repeal “our laws.”

Last year, Italy managed to agree on a coalition between the 5 Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party, which prevented the holding of new elections in which the far-right League could win.

The coalition subsequently weakened due to reduced support for the 5 Star Movement and the permanent withdrawal of elected representatives.

The 5 Star Movement party surprised everyone by winning a nationwide election in March 2018 with 33% of the vote. However, the party was not so successful in governing the country, and the leader of the League began to benefit from this in order to double the support of his party.

The 5-Star Movement has also lost more than half of its voters since 2018 after losing the recent regional elections in Emilia-Romagna and Calabria.

The author of the book on the history of the 5 Star Movement party, Jacopo Iacoboni, said that Di Mayo’s call for protests was an attempt by the politician to recall early ideals.

Di Mayo, who resigned as party leader in January amid internal problems, said the government plans to abandon a policy to cut pensions for former deputies. The initiative to cut parliamentary privileges combined the 5 Star Movement and the League.

The former leader also said that the government intends to abolish universal basic income, another key policy that was launched last year after a fierce battle for budgeting with EU politicians.

Political scientists believe nostalgia motivates the 33-year-old politician as he tries to revive the angry spirit of the movement, which attracted many supporters when it burst onto the scene in 2009, eventually becoming the country’s most influential political force.

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