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Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte resigns amid growing political tensions in the country


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Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he will offer his resignation following a blistering attack on coalition partner, Matteo Salvini.

Conte said Salvini had been “irresponsible” in creating a new political crisis for Italy for “personal and party interests”. Salvini, the leader of the nationalist League party, had tabled a no-confidence motion against Mr Conte. He also said he could no longer work with his coalition partners Five Star.

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The League and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement formed a coalition to govern just 14 months ago with Conte as an independent as prime minister.

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Addressing the Senate on Tuesday, August 20th, Conte said the League leader, who was sitting beside him, had been “looking for a pretext to return to the polls” since his party’s success in European elections in May. In those elections, the League came top with 34% of the votes in Italy, whereas Five Star got about 17%.

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Conte also warned that Mr Salvini had undermined the function of the government, “which stops here. I take this opportunity to announce that I will present my resignation as head of government to the president of the republic,” he said.

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