ITALY: The clock is ticking for Prime Minister Conte

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As anticipated, the two votes of confidence that took place earlier this week have not brought an end to the political crisis. Left without an outright majority in the Senate, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government is still in office, but it is not in power. Conte is now desperately seeking to broaden his support in parliament, especially in the Senate, after the defection of Matteo Renzi’s Italia Viva (IV). Conte only managed to persuade less than a handful senators from the mixed group and the opposition to join his coalition ahead of the 19 January vote in the Senate. Specifically,
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