Giuseppe Conte, Italy's prime minister, has announced his intention to resign, in the culmination of a political crisis that was sparked earlier this month when Matteo Salvini pulled the plug on the 14-month-old governing coalition.
He said Salvini had been working for his personal interest and didn't respect the rules nor his colleagues.
The League is seeking a vote of no confidence in Conte, but the prime minister will avoid that if he resigns his mandate to the president, Sergio Mattarella.
In the aftermath of the vote, Mr Salvini released a statement calling on prime minister Conte to "acknowledge there is no longer a majority, as evidenced by the vote and the repeated insults against me".
But he said he was ready to keep the coalition Government alive to approve a 2020 budget and vote in a reform of Parliament before heading to early elections.
Still, newly-elected PD secretary, Nicola Zingaretti, and his party's leadership were said to harbour concerns that an alliance with the Five Star would further split left-leaning voters in case of new elections.
Failing that, Mattarella could immediately dissolve Parliament, 3½ years ahead of schedule, as Salvini has been clamoring for.
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At stake is whether Italy's mountain of public debt - a chronic concern for both European officials and global investors - will be managed by a right-wing ideologue set on confrontation with Brussels.
Salvini shook his head, rolled his eyes or nodded to League senators as the prime minister unleashed a blistering critique of his actions over the past two weeks.
"It is irresponsible to initiate a government crisis", Conte said after Salvini began his efforts to bring down the government in the hope of snap elections he hoped would make him premier.
Conte belongs to neither of the coalition's two parties. "What sense is a government against Salvini, with all inside?"
After a year of Salvini's highly critical anti-EU rhetoric, Prodi said the new coalition would allow a "reintegration of Italy as an active member of the European Union".
According to some analysts, Conte could also stay on as premier while trying to form an alliance with PD. He was furious at the idea of being squeezed out by a M5S-PD alliance, saying he would get his supporters to "peacefully take to the streets" if it came about.
Pressing for a new election as soon as possible, Salvini, who as interior minister has led a crackdown on migrants, said: "I don't fear Italians' judgment". But M5S founder, comedian Beppe Grillo, on Sunday gathered senior figures at his country house and rejected talk of reconciliation with Salvini, whom he reportedly described as an "untrustworthy traitor".