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Italy in Turmoil as Prime Minister Resigns

HeadlineAug 21, 2019

Italy has been plunged into a political crisis as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced he was resigning Tuesday. He made the announcement after far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini withdrew support for the right-wing populist coalition in power and called for a no-confidence vote. Giuseppe Conte took aim at Salvini as he addressed Parliament yesterday.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte: “It is clear who is the person responsible for the government crisis, but if they lack courage, the political courage, no problem, I will assume it. I believe this is the only conclusion, the only necessary, transparent and coherent and linear conclusion. I thank you very much.”

Conte then headed to the presidential palace to formally submit his resignation. If a new majority coalition cannot be formed to run the government, the president will likely call for early elections. While political analysts say Salvini is unlikely to ascend to the premiership, the immigration hard-liner could gain more power as his popularity continues to grow.

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