Italy’s Conte resigns, aims to form third government

Italian President Sergio Mattarella will begin consultations on Thursday afternoon with the different political parties and ask them whether they will support a new government and who should lead it.  [EPA-EFE/FILIPPO ATTILI]

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who resigned on Wednesday after Italia Viva ministers resigned from his government, is now looking to obtain a new mandate to form his third consecutive government. While he has the support of the centre-left Democratic Party and the 5-Star Movement, he is currently in difficult negotiations with other MPs.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella will begin consultations on Thursday afternoon with the different political parties and ask them whether they will support a new government and who should lead it.

The right-wing parties in opposition, Lega Nord and Fratelli d’Italia, said they will ask Mattarella to dissolve parliament and call early elections. However, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi proposed to set up a national unity government to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic for the next months, pending new elections.

Meanwhile, in its last act before the resignation, the government passed a decree that restores autonomy to the Italian Olympic Committee, avoiding the risk of Italy’s suspension from the International Olympic Committee. (Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)

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