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Italy: Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces resignation01:36

Italy: Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces resignation

Italy, Rome
August 20, 2019 at 14:31 GMT -00:00 · Published

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation while addressing the Italian Senate amid a deepening Italian political crisis, in Rome on Tuesday.

Conte thanked the people who he said had put their trust in him and stated that due to the League and Salvini’s actions he had been compelled to resign. He intends to go to the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella at the end of the parliamentary debate to officially tender his resignation, he said.

Last week Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the League party Matteo Salvini filed a motion of no-confidence against Conte in the hopes that it will lead to snap elections, following a disagreement with his coalition partners, the Five Star Movement (M5S). The Senate decided to have Conte address them first, during which he announced his resignation.

Following consultations Mattarella will have to decide whether to go ahead with new elections or try and have a new government formed from existing parliamentary parties.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation while addressing the Italian Senate amid a deepening Italian political crisis, in Rome on Tuesday.

Conte thanked the people who he said had put their trust in him and stated that due to the League and Salvini’s actions he had been compelled to resign. He intends to go to the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella at the end of the parliamentary debate to officially tender his resignation, he said.

Last week Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the League party Matteo Salvini filed a motion of no-confidence against Conte in the hopes that it will lead to snap elections, following a disagreement with his coalition partners, the Five Star Movement (M5S). The Senate decided to have Conte address them first, during which he announced his resignation.

Following consultations Mattarella will have to decide whether to go ahead with new elections or try and have a new government formed from existing parliamentary parties.

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