Italy: Prime Minister resigns

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Monday evening that he would resign on Tuesday. He was in search of a new majority since the defection of a member party of his coalition.

Mr. Conte convened a Council of Ministers Tuesday at 9:00 am intended to “inform the ministers of his intention to go to Quirinale (seat of the Presidency of the Republic) to resign”, indicates a press release from his services.

Mr Conte is hoping to secure a term from President Sergio Matterella to attempt to form a new government, the third since 2018, Italian media say.

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The political crisis was triggered by ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (2014-2016), who withdrew his small party Italia Viva (IV) from the ruling coalition after weeks of criticism of the management of the health crisis and Mr. Conte’s economic spending plans.

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