Salvini visits a villa seized from a Cosa Nostra boss in central Italy. He also took a swim in its pool. (Fabio Di Pietro/ANSA via AP)
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Salvini steals show from partner partyHe skipped a Cabinet meeting to attend a horse race and took a dip in a Tuscan villa's swimming pool to show he didn't fear the Mafia. Five weeks after taking national office, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the right-wing League party, is outshining his coalition rival and fellow Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio, whose Five Star Movement (M5S) is the Italian Parliament's biggest party.Salvini seems to be permanently campaigning for the League, which he has transformed from a regional party in Italy's affluent north to a national force. The League is serving in its fourth government, the first three when it was called the Northern League; the M5S is a novice to national government.Salvini has occupied much of the vacuum.Salvini spent most of his first weeks in office on the campaign trail for local League candidates in mayoral races.
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