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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigns amid political crisis

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigns amid political crisis

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will hold a press conference on July 7, 2020 in Rome, Italy.

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Italy faces further political turmoil after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday, at a time when the country faces a severe health and economic crisis.

Italy has plunged into political uncertainty for the past three weeks after a small party, Italia Viva, decided to exit the coalition government led by Conte. The split in the executive branch came after a dispute over European Union funds to recover from epidemics, and how to spend them, pushing the nation into instability.

Earlier on Tuesday, Conte, who has no political affiliation, told his ministers that he would resign. Then he handed his formal resignation to President Sergio Mattarella. Conte was reportedly asked by the President to remain in a temporary position while consultations on forming a new government were taking place.

However, the resignation is seen as an attempt to avoid a parliamentary defeat in the Senate vote later this week.

He narrowly escaped a vote of confidence last week, but his government stripped the working majority with Italy’s departure from FIFA – making it difficult to pass any major laws for the remainder of his term.

“Having failed in his desperate efforts to expand his majority, he was to defeat Conte and his government in a new Senate vote currently scheduled for January 27,” said Wolfango Piccoli, co-chair of the consulting firm Teneo. Noticeable.

He said Conte’s resignation was an attempt “to ensure his political survival.”

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella will have to decide whether to give Conte a chance to negotiate with lawmakers again, in search of a majority that would allow him to rule.

“Conte calculates that by moving early, and thus avoiding a humiliating defeat in the Senate later this week, he will increase his chances of getting a mandate from Mattarella to form a new government,” Piccoli said, while warning that “it is unclear what If Conte could succeed in such an effort. “

If Italian lawmakers do not reach an agreement on forming a new coalition government, with or without Conte as prime minister, voters may have to head to the polls sooner rather than later.

“The bottom line is that Italy will continue to be governed by an executive who is not suitable for the difficult task ahead, as has been the case since the last elections,” Piccoli said.

This is a breaking news story and is being updated.