ITALY: Giuseppe Conte: From prime minister to mere spectator

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Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is now set to resign in a (belated) move aimed at maximizing his chances to return as the top candidate to lead a new government backed by a broader coalition. Conte is expected to step down tomorrow, 26 January, after a cabinet meeting that will start at 9:00 local time. As anticipated, last week’s confidence vote in the Senate has not brought an end to the political crisis that started late last year. The outcome of the 19 January Senate confidence vote left Conte in office but not in power as he failed to secure an absolute majority (161 votes). Moreover, Co
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