Italy’s ex-premier said he was pulling his party’s ministers from cabinet, causing fresh political chaos amid pandemic.

Renzi, who heads the tiny Italia Viva party, had long threatened to quit government [File: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters]

Italy has plunged into political crisis after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi withdrew from the ruling coalition, risking the collapse of the government in the middle of a raging coronavirus pandemic.

Renzi announced the resignation of two cabinet ministers and a junior minister from his Italia Viva party on Wednesday, in a split that deprives Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of his parliamentary majority.

Tensions between the two men had been rising for weeks over the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed more than 80,000 lives in

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