You've never heard of him but Tomas Guitarte had the power to make or break the Spanish ruling coalition.
Members of 5-Star will hold a ballot on the party's internet platform on Tuesday to decide whether the group should join forces with the Democratic Party, its traditional foe.
The Social Democrats want the current culture minister to be dismissed but the president is refusing to approve the dismissal, creating a standoff that could topple the government.
"I'm happy for Matteo Salvini and the League," the 81-year-old former prime minister said in a video message.
The coalition agreement published by the conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party is built around a vigorous protection of national identity.