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Bossi not voting for League 'strange' says Salvini

Bossi not voting for League 'strange' says Salvini

Party given up for dead but alive and kicking says minister

ROME, 10 June 2024, 17:44

ANSA English Desk



Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday expressed bitterness on Monday that Umberto Bossi, the founder and former leader of his League party, had said he would not be voting for it in last weekend's EU elections.
    Salvini also said that the League's showing in the vote had been much better than expected.
    The League got 8.5%, according to projections, slightly under the 8.8% it won in the 2022 general election, and was overtaken with its centre-right coalition partners, Forza Italia (FI).
    "For the past year everyone had been giving us up for dead, but we are alive and kicking," Salvini said at the party headquarters in Milan.
    "We are alive, although certainly with some oddities, with the former party secretary saying the day before the vote that he would votes for another party.
    "'I thank those who have never betrayed (us), I do not like those who run away and change colours, according to convenience.
    "The League was founded 40 years ago and will still be here in 40 years time.
    "I don't want to hurt anyone and I even named my book after Bossi, but I definitely will have to listen to what the militants say (about his statement).
    "Our political movement is growing despite the fact that its founder announced that he was voting for another party, a curious thing.
    'It's not an act of disrespect to the incumbent secretary, but to an entire community".
    Bossi had said he would vote for a former League member who was running for FI in last weekend's elections.
    Salvini added that the elections, which saw Premier Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy (FdI) party come first with almost 29% of the vote, had "strengthened" the government, stressing the balance of power within it had not changed.
    "What I hope can change is European politics," he added.
    "I hope to see a (ruling) centre-right in Europe too.
    "I'll be in Brussels on Wednesday to work on this".


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