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Italy's Salvini says elections still possible after summer break

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  • Italy still has time to dissolve parliament and go to elections after the summer break, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini told daily Il Corriere della Sera.
  • Salvini said on Thursday that it was up to ruling coalition partner 5-Star Movement to decide if Rome's populist government would survive.
  • Tensions have grown between the two governing parties. 
Italy's Labor and Industry Minister and deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio (L) and Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (R) wait for the swearing in ceremony of the new government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Quirinale Palace in Rome on June 1, 2018.
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Italy still has time to dissolve parliament and go to elections after the summer break, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini told daily Il Corriere della Sera.

Salvini, who's also the leader of League party, said in an interview published on Thursday that it was up to ruling coalition partner 5-Star Movement to decide if Rome's populist government would survive, based on their cooperation on a plan to increase regional autonomy, next year's budget and a reform of judicial system.

Italy's coalition parties clashed on Wednesday over the election of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission, in a vote that could endanger Rome's hopes of securing a top job in the new EU executive.