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Italian president gives Conte mandate to form new government

Italian president gives Conte mandate to form new government
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives at the Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Italy August 29, 2019. Presidential Palace/Francesco Ammendola/Handout via REUTERS -
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ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Sergio Mattarella has given outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte a mandate to form a new government comprising the ruling 5-Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD), a presidential official said on Thursday.

Conte resigned last week after the far-right League party withdrew from its coalition with the 5-Star, forcing Mattarella to hold consultations with all Italy’s main political parties to try to find a way out of the political chaos.

Both 5-Star and the PD told the president on Wednesday they were willing to lay aside their long-standing animosity and try to form an administration with Conte, an academic considered close to 5-Star, at the helm.

(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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