Italian prime minister resigns







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.



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.



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%.



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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