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  Italy's PM-designate Giuseppe Conte fails to form populist government
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 27, 2018 01:48pm
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AuthorAngela Giuffrida
News DateSunday, May 27, 2018 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionItaly’s prime minister-designate has told the president he has been unable to form what would have been western Europe’s first populist government, potentially paving the way for fresh elections.

A presidential palace official told reporters on Sunday night that Giuseppe Conte “has given back the mandate” to try to form a government that President Sergio Mattarella gave him four days earlier.

Conte, a little-known law professor with no political experience, took his list of ministers to Mattarella, but the president rejected Conte’s candidate to the economy ministry, the 81-year-old Eurosceptic economist Paolo Savona. Mattarella is staunchly pro-Europe.

Conte said he tried his hardest to form a government and had full cooperation from would-be coalition partners, the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and League parties.
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