Italian PM Giuseppe Conte Resigns

Recently, Giuseppe Conte, the Italian Prime Minister has resigned from his post. However, the President has invited him to stay in the caretaker capacity until everything is clear.

Key Points

  • Conte has resigned after turmoil in the coalition. He hopes to form a new government now.
  • Giuseppe Conte presented his resignation to the country’s President Sergio Mattarella who in turn has asked Conte to work in the caretaker capacity till the new government is formed.
  • The ruling coalition was formed in 2019 and was weakened after the withdrawal of former premier Matteo Renzi’s party ‘Italia Viva’ this month.
  • Italy is fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic and the parties are divided over the spending in the crisis. This has led to problems in the coalition.
  • Italy has been greatly affected by COVID-19 and over 85,000 Italians have lost their lives due to the deadly pandemic.

What can happen next?

The leading parties of the coalition- the center-left Democratic Party (PD) and anti-establishment Five Star (M5S) can agree to choose a new PM candidate. Conte can even succeed to persuade other parties to form a new coalition under his leadership.

Giuseppe Conte

Giuseppe Conte is a lawyer, jurist, Italian University Professor, and politician serving as the prime minister of Italy since June 1, 2018.