August 29, 2019 / 9:13 AM / 3 months ago

Italy's Conte accepts new mandate, hopes to draw up government list quickly

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to the media at the Quirinale Presidential Palace after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro de Luca

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday he had accepted a mandate from the head of state to try to put together a new government, adding that he hoped to draw up a list of ministers in the coming days.

Speaking to reporters after receiving a green light from President Sergio Mattarella to form a coalition, Conte said the new administration would have to work immediately on drawing up a budget and preventing a looming hike of sales taxes.

“In the coming days I will return to the president of the republic ... and submit my proposals for ministers,” he said.

Conte resigned last week after the far-right League party withdrew from its coalition with the 5-Star, However, the opposition Democratic Party has stepped into the breach and said it will hook up with 5-Star under the leadership of Conte.

Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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