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Giuseppe Conte to quit as Italy's Prime Minister

Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte will resign on Tuesday during a tactical move aimed toward maximising his chances of leading a replacement government.

Conte will hold a cupboard meeting at 9am CET before officially handing in his resignation to president Sergio Mattarella, his office announced during a statement.

Conte survived confidence votes in both houses of parliament last week after former prime minister, Matteo Renzi, triggered a political crisis by withdrawing his small Italia Viva party from the ruling coalition. However, the arrogance votes left Conte with only a slim majority and he has since did not strengthen support.

With a weak majority, Conte was expected to be defeated during a choose the senate on a judicial report on Wednesday.

According to media reports, Conte has been struggling from the 2 main coalition parties – the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Democrat party (PD) – to preemptively resign before Wednesday’s choose order to face a far better chance of receiving a mandate from Mattarella to make a replacement government backed by a broader coalition.

Such a move could depend upon Italia Viva returning to the fold. Conte, also as politicians from the PD and M5S, insisted last week that they might not work with Renzi again.

If Conte succeeds in forming a broad coalition, it might be his third administration in but three years.

“A new coalition, either under Conte or a special prime minister, remains the foremost likely outcome,” added Piccoli. “However, it's doubtful that a simpler prime minister and government will emerge given the present parliamentary composition and therefore the preferences of the most parties.”

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