In Italy, Conte in charge of forming a new government between the M5S and the Democratic Party

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The two parties must now, despite their political differences, agree on a program of government to submit to President Sergio Mattarella.

By Olivier Bonnel Posted today at 06:28, updated at 12:38

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on his arrival at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on 29 August.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on his arrival at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on 29 August. FRANCESCO AMMENDOLA / PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / via REUTERS

The chapter of the Italian political crisis, provoked in the middle of the summer by the Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini, leader of the League (far right), has closed. Thursday, August 29 the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, received outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the Quirinal Palace to formally instruct him to form a new government. According to the formula, Conte accepted his charge "with reserve", the time to set up a government program with his new team, which will bring together the 5-star Movement (M5S, antisystem) and the Democratic Party (PD, center left) .

This crisis lasted three weeks, which saw successive coups, low shots and bluffing. It was in the morning of Wednesday that the last lock, which prevented the establishment of a new coalition, jumped. The talks blocked in effect the renewal of Giuseppe Conte at the head of the government, which the M5S considered non-negotiable. In the morning, the secretary general of the PD, Nicola Zingaretti, announced that his training was behind this choice, paving the way for formal negotiations. In exchange, the DP should obtain the post of vice-president and send one of his people to Brussels to fill the position of European Commissioner reserved for Italians.

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Towards a return to more stability?

Until the last moment, the League will have tried everything for the M5S, its former coalition ally, to make alliance with the center left. A few minutes after meeting President Mattarella, Luigi Di Maio, the political leader of the M5S, told reporters that Matteo Salvini's party had indeed proposed him the position of President of the Council if it gave up a pact with the left center. A height when Mr. Salvini has constantly denounced "Those who cling to their armchairs". "I'm interested in what's best for my country and not for me"said Di Maio.

The specter of early elections – demanded screaming by Matteo Salvini and his allies Fratelli d'Italia (post-fascist) and Forza Italia (right) – postponed, now opens a new sequence that many hope that it will be a return to more stability.



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