Western Morning News

Italian premier forced to resign

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ITALIAN Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has resigned after a key coalition ally withdrew his party’s support over the handling of the coronaviru­s pandemic, setting the stage for consultati­ons to determine if he can form a new government.

Mr Conte’s coalition government was thrown into turmoil when a party headed by ex-premier Matteo Renzi ended its support. Mr Conte won confidence votes in parliament last week, but fell short of an absolute majority in the senate.

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