Italian PM asked to stay as caretaker leader after resignation

Italian coalition failure leads to resignation Giuseppe Conte
Giuseppe Conte

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has tendered his resignation to Italy’s president.

President Sergio Mattarella then asked Mr Conte and his government to stay in place as a caretaker cabinet as he hold talks with political parties to chart out the nation’s future.

President Mattarella’s office said in a statement that he will start his consultations with Italian parties on Wednesday afternoon.

The talks aim to explore options that include possibly forming a new governing coalition that has the support of a majority in parliament.

If that proves impossible, the president will dissolve parliament and call an early election.

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