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Tensions flare with Italy's ruling coalition over corruption

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ROME (AP) — Italy's deputy transport minister has been placed under investigation in a corruption probe, becoming the latest political pawn in Italy's uneasy ruling coalition between the right-wing, anti-migrant League party and the populist 5-Star Movement.

League member Armando Siri "categorically denied" wrongdoing and asked Thursday to immediately respond to prosecutors' questions.

That didn't stop his boss, 5-Star member Danilo Toninelli, from revoking Siri's authority pending further clarity in the investigation. Five-Star leader and deputy premier Luigi Di Maio called for Siri to resign.

The League stood by Siri, saying it had "full confidence" in him. It called for a quick investigation that "leaves no shadows" about his behavior.

The onetime rival parties formed a coalition government last year. The League has seen its popularity soar ahead of the European Parliament elections next month.

Tensions flare with Italy's ruling coalition over corruption
Tensions flare with Italy's ruling coalition over corruption