Italy’s President Mattarella has asked the moderate economist and former IMF official to become prime minister
Italian Prime Minister-designate Carlo Cottarelli says that discussions to form an interim government are moving ahead. He was chosen after the failure of populist parties to get their cabinet approved.
The prime minister-designate has given up on his mandate to form a government after talks with the president collapsed. The president is to meet with Carlo Cottarelli, a former senior IMF official, on Monday.
Italian law professor Giuseppe Conte from the populist 5-Star movement has been tasked with forming a new government in Rome. Conte pledged to be "defense lawyer of the Italian people."
"All the conditions have been met" — again — to form a big-tent populist government in Italy. The formerly fringe Five Star Movement and far-right League have again nominated Giuseppe Conte for prime minister.
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