Italy election: Giuseppe Conte named Prime Minister as populist parties seize power

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
By Paul Martin

ITALY’S President Sergio Mattarella has given Giuseppe Conte the mandate to become the prime minister of a coalition composed by only populist parties, making the country the largest in the EU to be led by anti-establishment forces.

Wed, May 23, 2018

President Mattarella ended the 80-day long political deadlock reigning over Italy by giving the mandate to law professor Mr Conte.

Mr Conte has accepted the President’s offer saying that he will be “the defence attorney of Italians”.

The country’s new Prime Minister is backed by anti-establishment Five Star Movement, but holds no elected position and has no political or management experience.

Italy has been deadlocked since an inconclusive election in March.

After weeks of fruitless talks between the various parties, 5-Star and the League finally agreed to a government pact last Friday, promising to hike taxes and jack up spending.

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