ITALY: No quick fix

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Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on 26 January, just one week after he barely survived a confidence vote in the Senate that highlighted the weakness of his coalition government. Conte tendered his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella, the ultimate arbiter in any formal government crisis, who invited him to stay on in a caretaker position. Mattarella’s consultations with party delegations and institutional figures will end in the evening of 29 January, meaning that the president is not likely to announce the next steps until 30 January. As there is no preordained path out of this
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