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Salvini Refuses to Vote for Coronavirus Bailout Decree, Labelling It a Mockery

Populist Italian Senator Matteo Salvini joined former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in coming out against the “Cura Italia” Wuhan coronavirus bailout decree, saying that Italians will not see “one lira” of cash.

 Salvini said that he, along with the League, will not vote for the Cura Italia decree and criticised the proposal as being “a substantial mockery of the Italians who will not see a lira”, he said, referencing Italy’s currency before the implementation of the euro.

“We have proposed many things and then not seen even one accepted, with the regret that we must be able to act quickly. It is not enough to say that the mayors and doctors are heroes; there is not a lira for them. We are in wartime, and we are still hostage to the trade unions,” he added.

Salvini went on to attack Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, according to Il Giornale, saying: “I want to give him a suggestion: before promising and deluding millions of workers and entrepreneurs by making announcements on TV, get things done. Conte makes announcements, but then citizens go to the bank and get zero.”

Former Italian Prime Minister and ally of Salvini Silvio Berlusconi said his party, Forza Italia, would not vote for the decree either, claiming that none of his suggestions was taken on board by the leftist coalition government.
  “We were the first to ask that the state act as a guarantor of bank loans to businesses. But the government’s attitude towards businesses is more punitive than rewarding,” Berlusconi said and criticised the government’s process for businesses claiming bailout funds.

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