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The Three Political Outcomes That Await Italy

Aug 21, 2019 | 17:44 GMT
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces his resignation in the country's Senate on Aug. 20, 2019, as Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini gestures beside him.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces his resignation in the country's Senate on Aug. 20 as League party leader Matteo Salvini gestures beside him. Salvini sought to force an early election, but his gambit might not pay off.

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Italy's coalition government has collapsed, but the country might not be going to early elections just yet. After almost 15 months in power, Italy's coalition government between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the right-wing League officially ended on Aug. 20, when Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte presented his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella. Conte's decision came two weeks after League leader Matteo Salvini demanded an early general election because of policy disagreements with the Five Star Movement. But this is not the end of Italy's political crisis, because it's now up to Mattarella and the political parties in Parliament to decide what happens next. Mattarella is holding consultations with the leaders of the parties on Aug. 21 and 22 to determine if there is support for a new government that would avoid an early general election. Based on those discussions, one of three outcomes likely awaits Italy: a new government, an...

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