August 29, 2019 / 8:39 AM / 25 days ago

Italian president gives Conte mandate to form new government

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives at the Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Italy August 29, 2019. Presidential Palace/Francesco Ammendola/Handout via REUTERS

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella has given outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte a mandate to form a new government comprising the ruling 5-Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD), a presidential official said on Thursday.

Conte resigned last week after the far-right League party withdrew from its coalition with the 5-Star, forcing Mattarella to hold consultations with all Italy’s main political parties to try to find a way out of the political chaos.

Both 5-Star and the PD told the president on Wednesday they were willing to lay aside their long-standing animosity and try to form an administration with Conte, an academic considered close to 5-Star, at the helm.

Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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