Italy in crisis: Conte set to resign in under 24-hours – could trigger election chaos

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will meet the head of state in Rome tomorrow and hand in his resignation. Today he convened his cabinet to inform ministers of his decision. He hopes Italian president Sergio Mattarella will allow him a mandate to form a new government.

Mr Conte wants to form a new government that has broader backing within the Italian parliament.

The government that he constructed after the last election lost the absolute majority in the upper house, the Senate, in the Italian parliamentary system.

Mr Conte lost his majority when coalition partner, the Italia Viva party headed by former premier Matteo Renzi, walked out on the current government.

Mr Renzi quit because of the government’s decisions over the current coronavirus pandemic response and the worsening economic recession.

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