Italy edges closer to an election

ROME (AP) — Italy on Friday edged closer to holding an election as early as this fall that could move the country further to the right, with anti-migrant Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini already unofficially campaigning for the premiership and declaring it makes “no sense” to keep alive the feuding populist coalition government. Milan’s stock market plunged by 2.4 percent, and borrowing costs on Italian debt — an indication of nervous investors — jumped higher after Salvini’s surprise announcement Thursday night that his right-wing League party no longer would support Premier Giuseppe Conte.

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