Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte decides to resign

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte intends to resign. He will announce this on Tuesday, January 26, at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, the press service of the government palace of Chigi reported on Monday, January 25.

“A meeting of the council of ministers is convened at 09:00 on Tuesday, during which President Giuseppe Conte will announce that he is resigning. He will then submit his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella,” the statement said.

The prime minister’s resignation is due to the fact that the ruling coalition composed of the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party lost their absolute majority in the upper house of parliament because former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s small Living Italy party left it.

On January 14, the newspaper La Repubblica reported that Conte had planned to raise the question of confidence in the government in the House of Deputies on January 18. On the same day it was reported that the Italian prime minister told the head of the republic about his intention to clarify the political situation in Parliament after the resignation of two ministers of the party “Live Italy”.

The question is about the resignation from the posts of Minister of Agriculture of Italy and Minister for Equal Opportunities. Both politicians are members of the above mentioned party. As a result, the current coalition could lose its majority in parliament without the Living Italy vote. The head of the party, former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, stated that Live Italy is ready to go into opposition.

Thus, the government risks a vote of no confidence, and the prospect of a government crisis has formed in the country amid disagreements over the pandemic recovery plan, since most of the funding comes from the European Union.

Conte, 56, has been head of the Italian government since June 2018.