What Happened: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has told the Italian Senate that he will offer his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella, Reuters reported Aug. 20.
Why It Matters: Conte's resignation deepens Italy's political crisis, although it remains possible that it will not result in an early general election if the parties in parliament can reach a majority to appoint a new prime minister. However, if the ruling Five Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party fail to reach an agreement, Italy could head for an early election by the end of the year.
Background: Italy's League party triggered a political crisis in Italy earlier this month by demanding a general election and filing a no-confidence motion against Conte. However, the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party delayed the vote, and a faction of the Democratic Party is seeking to form a new government and avoid an early election.
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