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Italian lawmaker insists new government end migrant racism

ROME (AP) — An Italian lawmaker whose party is forming the next government is demanding an end to the migrant crackdown of the outgoing coalition. Giuditta Pini said Friday that if the Democratic Party wants to break from the "racist" policies of Matteo Salvini, it should insist that 34 migrants aboard the charity rescue ship Mare Ionio be disembarked.

Democrats agreed this week to a coalition with the 5-Star Movement, which had been ruling with Salvini's League. Premier-designate Giuseppe Conte is assembling a new government, this time with the Democrats and the 5-Stars.

Salvini withdrew support from Conte's first government, triggering its collapse. As interior minister, Salvini refuses to let charity ships dock. Salvini's crackdown alienated the more left-leaning elements in the Movement. Conte must win parliamentary confidence votes to govern.

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