Italy begins with parliamentary consultations to try to rebuild its government



Roberto Fico after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, on January 29, 2021.


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Roberto Fico after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, on January 29, 2021.

Roberto Fico, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, was commissioned by President Sergio Mattarella to start talks this Saturday to try to reconcile the parties that made up the Government, after his efforts to achieve it during the last four days failed bear fruit.

This January 30, the parliamentary talks with a view to reconciling the parties that made up the Italian government begin, left in the hands of Roberto Fico, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, after the rounds of consultation led by President Sergio Mattarella will not work well.

The process will be chaired by Fico amid the tensions unleashed after the resignation of Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister, on January 25, which occurred after verifying that it did not have an absolute majority in the Senate and with the intention of creating a new government coalition to lead in the midst of the health crisis caused by the spread of Covid-19.

The purpose of the consultations is to end the confrontations with partisan overtones and to advance in the reconstruction of the Executive, in order to restore political stability to the nation in the midst of the pandemic.

Given the luck of rapprochement seen between Renzi and the Five Star Movement (M5S), the two fronts facing each other, Fico will have the mission of mediating and calling for unity also with the Democratic Party (PD) and Free and Equal (LeU).

For the development of the aforementioned consultations, Fico will have a period of three days and on Tuesday he will have to deliver the result to President Mattarella.

According to experts, in the midst of these tensions different scenarios are presented. One is for Fico to reach an agreement and then President Mattarella appoints a prime minister.

But, in the event that Fico does not manage to achieve an agreement, the president could opt for the formation of an institutional government before going to the last instance, which would be to call a new general election, an alternative that has already been demanded by various groups.

It is not the first time that the president of the Chamber of Deputies has fulfilled a mission like this. In 2018, Mattarella entrusted him with a similar task, that of evaluating the probable possible alliances for the formation of a cabinet led by the M5S, which at that time had great support.

Several months of negotiations resulted in the establishment of an alliance between the far-right League of Matteo Salvini and the M5S, which in August 2019 finally ended up breaking.

With EFE and Reuters

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