Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned and Italy enters another period of uncertainty: what will happen now

The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (Facebook / Giuseppe Conte)

The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, presented his resignation to the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, having failed to achieve a solid majority after the Exit of the Executive of the Italia Viva party, de Matteo Renzi, and from this moment on a series of institutional steps are opened to fulfill in the search for a new Government.

Conte informed the Council of Ministers of his decision and then went to the Quirinale Palace, seat of the Presidency of the Republic, to formalize his resignation.

After receiving the resignation of the prime minister, Mattarella will open the consultations tomorrow Wednesday According to a schedule that will be announced in the next few hours, the Presidency of the Republic reported.

After the consultations, which will last a couple of days, the head of state can give a mandate to an institutional figure -in 2018 he conferred it on the presidents of the two parliamentary chambers- to explore possible majorities and the figure of a new leader if he sees that Conte has no chances.

But Conte’s intention is for Mattarella to entrust him with a new mandate to verify possible new majorities.: the outgoing prime minister would provisionally accept and return after a few days to communicate whether he has support.

The Italian president Sergio Mattarella and Giuseppe Conte (REUTERS / Remo Casilli / archivo)

The Italian president Sergio Mattarella and Giuseppe Conte (REUTERS / Remo Casilli / archivo)

In the event that they are not achieved, it will be communicated to President Mattarella, who will have to reopen consultations to study another name that meets a majority, or in case of proving the impossibility of forming a new Executive, decide to dissolve the Chambers to go to elections.

Another hypothesis is to create a Technocratic government and names such as the former president of the Constitutional Court are already circulating Marta Cartabia, the Economist Carlo Cottarelli or the current Governor of the Bank of Italy, Ignazio Visco, to guide the country through snap elections in June.

According to the Italian media, Conte’s chances of forming a government are less and less since it is not believed that there can be a reconciliation with Renzi and the search for another majority with parliamentarians “responsible” for the center for the moment is not giving the results expected by Conte.

The leader of the conservative Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, for his part, he clarified that will not support the current Executive of Conte and that the The only solution is that of a government “that represents the substantial unity of the country in a time of emergency” because “any other solution means prolonging a paralysis that the country cannot afford.”

After the resignation of Conte, and until the inauguration of a new Executive, the outgoing Government remains in office for the conduct of ordinary administration matters, which includes the eventual issuance of decree laws in cases of necessity and urgency.

With the crisis of government all parliamentary activity stops, except for urgent acts such as the approval of expired decrees. The ordinary activity of the Chambers is resumed only after the new Executive has obtained the confidence of Parliament.


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