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Italian Prime Minister Conte resigns

LAST MINUTE NEWS: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation. It is stated that Conte resigned in order to establish a more robust coalition in the parliament under his leadership and for the President to hold consultations on this issue. While in Italy, it is mentioned in the Italian press that Conte resigned to form a government with wider support, if the government is not formed, early elections may be on the agenda.

Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy, announced his resignation.

A new phase has been entered in the government crisis that started with the breakdown of the four-party coalition in Italy on 13 January.

“Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will announce to his ministers his request to go to the Presidency to resign. Prime Minister Conte will meet with President Sergio Mattarella after the cabinet meeting.” statements were used.

In the Italian press, it was stated that Conte, whose majority in the Senate was at risk after the separation of the Italia Viva party from the coalition, took the resignation on the agenda when the possibility of his government to remain in the minority in the Senate vote for the Minister of Justice Alfonso Bonafede.

It is stated that Conte will resign in order to establish a more robust coalition in the parliament under his own leadership and for the President to hold consultations on this issue.

On the other hand, if the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Conte, the scenarios where he could initiate consultations with the political parties represented in the parliament for the new government or commission Conte to re-establish a government with broader support without wasting time were covered in the Italian press.

While messages from the 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD), one of the major partners of the coalition, came about Conte’s establishment of the “3rd Conte Government”, the opposition right-wing parties reiterated their calls for an election, but the The number of seats is not enough for the absolute majority.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League Party, who came out as the first party in the opinion polls, argued that Conte should resign before, and stated that at this point, the people should go.

The “2nd Conte Government”, which started as a tripartite coalition of the M5S, PD, Free and Equalities (LeU) and transformed into a four-way coalition with the split of the PD and Iv emerged from it, replaced the coalition government formed by the M5S and the far-right League Party under the leadership of Giuseppe Conte. It was established on September 5, 2019.

Iv, one of the junior partners of the coalition, withdrew from the government on January 13, sharply criticizing Conte and the prime minister’s plan for the bailout fund from the European Union. In the government crisis that started with this withdrawal, the 2nd Conte Government received a vote of confidence from the lower house of the parliament on 18 January, and from the upper wing Senate on 19 January without an absolute majority. The absence of an absolute majority in the Senate caused the government to fall into a minority in some commissions. Conte and other coalition partners have sought partners to strengthen the government in parliament since January 20, but the contacts failed.

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