Such a move by Mr Renzi, whose party has just two government ministers and is currently polling at less than three percent, has sparked outrage among Italian citizens as the country remains gripped by the coronavirus pandemic. A recent poll found almost three quarters of Italians thought the leader of Italia Viva was pursuing his own selfish political objectives rather than the interests of the country.
Pulling support from prime minister Giuseppe Conte’s government could cause the coalition to collapse entirely.
Italia Viva has only 48 seats in the upper and lower houses of parliament but they are decisive in ensuring a government majority.
Mr Renzi has just said his ministers, for agriculture and family, are resigning from the government.
The row first emerged over Mr Conte’s outline for the economic recovery plan, which the Italia Viva politician has described as “devoid of ambition and soul”.
He believes the government should allocate more of the €209 billion (£187.5 billion) EU stimulus package to the health sector.
Despite his opposition, the Recovery Plan was approved by the cabinet late on Tuesday night.
Mr Renzi, who served as the Italian prime minister from February 2014 to December 2016, has little support from Italian citizens.
An Ipsos poll found that 46 percent of Italians did not understood the reason for the crisis.
The survey, published on Wednesday, also found that 73 percent thought Mr Renzi was pursuing his own selfish political objectives rather than the interests of the country.
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