Salvini has become the face of Europe’s anti-migrant movement [File: Remo Casilli/Reuters]

Italy‘s Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini has suffered a setback in his bid to seize power for the far-right.

Salvini has been seeking to bring down the coalition government in which he has served as deputy prime minister in order to trigger snap elections. He believes he can ride a wave of anti-migrant rhetoric and policy to victory.

But Italy’s Senate on Tuesday refused to set aside immediate time to discuss Salvini’s motion of no confidence in the government, deciding instead to allow Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to address the crisis when he appears in parliament next week.

Salvini’s League party had sought the vote after he pulled the plug on the

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