Matteo Salvini is trying to collapse the government in which he serves as deputy prime minister in order to seize power for himself [Remo Casilli/Reuters]
Italian senators have been called back from their summer holidays to set a date to debate a motion of no confidence in the government.
Leaders of Senate groups on Monday failed to reach an agreement over a timetable and the issue will now come to the entire chamber on Tuesday.
The far-right League party said last week its coalition with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement had broken down, with the League leader Matteo Salvini demanding early elections, triggering a government crisis.
The League and its right-wing allies Forza Italia and Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia) wanted a no-confidence vote in Prime