What Happened: The leaders of Italy's main parliamentary groups will meet Aug. 12 to decide the date of the right-wing League party's no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Politico has reported. Meanwhile, the center-left Democratic Party remains divided over whether to join the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in a coalition to avoid a general election, as senior party officials have disagreed on the matter.
Why It Matters: If lawmakers wish to avoid an early general election, they must reach a majority in parliament to appoint a new government. However, divisions within the Democratic Party could threaten such efforts, and the party may even split over the issue. A parliamentary majority may also require the support of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, which is currently negotiating with the League to form an electoral alliance.
Background: The League triggered a political crisis on Aug. 8 after demanding an early election and filing a no-confidence motion against Conte. If the prime minister loses the vote and parliament fails to appoint a new government, the country will head for new general elections as early as October.
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