Italy's Salvini rules out early elections

# 30 May 2019 19:07 (UTC +04:00)

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday ruled out early elections, saying the coalition was focused on preparing the 2020 budget in the autumn, ONA reports citing Reuters.

Some observers have speculated that Salvini, head of the right-wing League, would push for a quick vote to capitalize on his success at European parliamentary elections on Sunday, when the League trounced its coalition partner the 5-Star Movement.

“There will be no early election, in September we will be preparing the budget,” Salvini told reporters in parliament.

“If I wanted to bring down the government I wouldn’t spend night and day putting together policy proposals. There are so many things to do, I don’t want an early election.”

Salvini also said the government will respond to Brussels’ concerns over its public finances by citing economic data that will avoid any disciplinary steps.