Morning – Italy: Giuseppe Conte in charge of forming a new government


The outgoing Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, during a face-to-face meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Presidential Palace in Rome. Ph. AFP

The outgoing Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, was officially instructed on Thursday to form a new government between the Social Democrats and the Five Star Movement, the spokesman for the presidency said.

The 5-Star Movement (anti-system) and the Democratic Party (center-left) announced on Wednesday that they have "reached an agreement" to form a new Italian government, which will replace the national-populist alliance of the M5S with the League (extreme- right) by Matteo Salvini.

A "political agreement has been reached with the PD" to form a new majority of government under the leadership of outgoing Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte, announced the leader of the Movement 5 Stars (M5S), Luigi Di Maio, on his release from a meeting with President Sergio Mattarella.

The new government will again be led by Giuseppe Conte, and this "will be a guarantee" for the M5S, said Luigi Di Maio, criticizing his former ally Matteo Salvini for having early August "cut the current" of the coalition that they had been training for 14 months and left "60 million Italians without government".

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