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Luigi Di Maio is set to leave the 5 Star Movement and cause a major split

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Italian politics provided another example of their self-destructive capacity on Tuesday. Also from his obsessive need to reproduce through the breakup. The scene of the battle this time was the war in Ukraine and the government’s decision to continue sending weapons to the occupied country. However, the Five Star Movement (M5S) discreetly opposed it, demanding that the decision be put to a vote in Parliament. For this reason, the one who was their leader and who today holds the post of foreign minister has opened a public struggle which, according to some MPs consulted, will end with his definitive abandonment of the formation. An explosive movement that is bringing instability back to the country and which is basically the prelude to the destruction of the anti-system party he helped found and with which he won the last elections in Italy.

Luigi Di Maio, born 35 years ago in a village near Naples, has done more than most politicians his age. He was a guard at San Paolo Stadium, later helped found an anti-system party, became the youngest vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies in history, pledged to end poverty and embraced euroscepticism. Then he took over the reins of the 5 Star Movement, won the last elections with 33%, was vice-president of the government and said one thing and the opposite on the vast majority of issues. Today, having become foreign minister in Mario Draghi’s government, he has decided to leave his party and is preparing to create a new group that will support the executive and its profile – and ability to survive in the institutions – will give the M5S denied this.

Di Maio, who is due to hold a press conference tonight to explain the decision, which has not yet been officially announced, inflicts a near-death on his formation, which is in free fall in the polls and already severely weakened by the loss of MPs blow (more than a hundred in this legislature). The M5S, led by former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, is once again losing a large part of its human and political capital: including ministers and secretaries of state. But also to a large group of parliamentarians – about 50 – who could not even see Conte. The new group is called Inside for the future (Together for the Future) and is understood to have a pro-European, institutional and moderate vocation. In stark contrast to the pillars on which Di Maio built victory in the last election. The question many are now asking – including Matteo Salvini, who formulated it – is whether Di Maio still has the right to remain foreign minister.

The official reason for the hiatus is that a group of M5E senators had prepared a draft resolution this Tuesday to urge the executive branch to stop sending more weapons to the Ukrainians. The document, which the Russian embassy was pleased to see, was not presented definitively at the Senate briefing where Draghi appeared on Tuesday. But Di Maio took advantage of this to accuse the party of turning away from European Union and NATO values ​​and “putting Italy’s security at risk”. His words opened the war with his party, which was already debating his expulsion on Sunday evening. But in reality they were just the pretext for a rift that had been brewing in the Sanhedrins for weeks. grilling.

The survival spirit of the parliamentarians on the run also provides some data. The M5S’s self-imposed rule barring its elected officials from serving more than two terms should be confirmed in the coming days. When applied, several dozen parliamentarians ended their public adventure. And all those parliamentarians and politicians who had reached the highest level of the institutions – including salaries and lifetime pensions that depend on the length of their mandate – were not ready to go home. This will be your new chance.

Di Maio’s decision should also be read as a strategic move to end the legislature and prepare for the next campaign. The next elections are expected to take place in spring 2023. And there is already a process of building a central space that has no longer had an owner in Italy since the old Christian Democracy disappeared. A group of politicians have pulled out their calculators and believe this ideological streak could be crucial in the upcoming elections. Di Maio, the most Christian democrat of the anti-systems, wants to point in this direction with his new formation.

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However, the implosion of the M5S is now opening up a period of uncertainty and instability that could hamper the executive branch. That grilling To date, they have been the largest faction and majority partner in the unity government chaired by Mario Draghi. And it’s not clear that Giuseppe Conte wants to continue supporting an executive he opposes on issues like Ukraine, on which he saw his party collapse again. Draghi, as is his habit, showed no sign of concern. “Worried about the government? No,” he said during his appearance in the Senate. The reality is that the implosion of M5S heralds a new era. And most importantly, it closes a chapter marked by the rise of a party born of citizen discontent and on the brink of collapse due to its own anti-systemic nature.

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