WORLD Italian president to ask Conte to form M5S-PD coalition gov't


Italian president to ask Conte to form M5S-PD coalition gov't


04:38, August 29, 2019

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Giuseppe Conte (Front) addresses a press conference after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, on May 31, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)

ROME, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Italian president Sergio Mattarella will summon outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday in order to ask him to try to form a new coalition government.

"President Sergio Mattarella has summoned professor Giuseppe Conte tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (local time)," the president's office said in a statement late Wednesday.

The latest development in the Italian political crisis came after negotiations between anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and center-left Democratic Party (PD) reached a positive, although still partial, result.

President Mattarella concluded a two-day second round of consultations with all parties in parliament on Wednesday, after the former right-wing government led by PM Conte -- and based on a coalition between the M5S and far-right League of Matteo Salvini -- collapsed last week.

Conte resigned on Aug. 20, and was asked by the head of state to remain in office as caretaker of current affairs while consultations were taking place. 

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