Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will resign on Tuesday to try to win a new majority following the defection of a party member from his coalition, the office of the head of government announced on Monday. According to a statement, Conte convened a Council of Ministers on Tuesday at 08 h 00 GMT to “inform the ministers of his intention to go to the Quirinale (seat of the presidency of the Republic) to resign. “
Conte hopes to obtain a mandate from the president, Sergio Matterella, to try to form a new government, said the Italian press.
The political crisis was triggered by the former 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 plans to Conte’s financial spending.
Conte survived a parliamentary confidence motion last week, but failed to secure a majority in the Senate, leaving his government severely weakened.
Since then, Conte had led tense and unsuccessful behind-the-scenes negotiations in hopes of mobilizing independent or dissident MPs who would eventually have allowed him to remain in charge by reorganizing his team.
With his back to the wall, Conte had no choice but to put his mandate back into play, hoping to preserve the confidence of the president.
The Minister of Justice must present this week to the Senate a reform almost guaranteed to be refuted, a setback that would have put his government in the minority and would have forced him to resign anyway.
“Conte’s calculation is that by taking the lead, and thus avoiding a humiliating defeat in the Senate, will increase his chances of obtaining a mandate from Mattarella to form a new government, “Wolfango Piccoli, of the Teneo consulting firm, analyzed on Monday.
Shortly before the announcement, the biggest party of the p Parliament, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), said it would support Conte.
“We stay with Conte,” the legislative leaders of the M5S, Davide Crippa and Ettore Licheri wrote in a joint statement.
The secretary general of the Democratic Party (PD), Nicola Zingaretti, said on Monday that his troops support the formation of a new government with the outgoing prime minister.
“It is still too early for say if he will succeed, “warned Wolfgang Piccoli, however, emphasizing that if he failed, the M5S and the PD (Democratic Party) could” leave Conte and look for another candidate. “
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