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Salvini Adviser's Corruption Probe Sparks New Populist Clash

  • Rome case involves Transportation Undersecretary Armando Siri
  • Salvini, League express their confidence Siri will be cleared
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Fresh tension erupted in Italy’s populist coalition after Rome prosecutors opened a corruption investigation into a senior economic adviser to Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini.

Armando Siri, who is undersecretary at the Infrastructure and Transportation Ministry, is suspected of receiving a 30,000-euro ($34,000) bribe for seeking to insert a measure in the government’s economic outlook that favored businessmen in the renewable energy industry, news agency Ansa reported without saying where it got the information. The amendment wasn’t approved, it said.