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Conte Quits, Leaving Italy Adrift in the Midst of the Pandemic

  • Italian premier faced defeat in key Senate vote this week
  • President Mattarella must decide who can lead next coalition
The car carrying Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives at the Presidential palace in Rome on Jan. 26.

The car carrying Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives at the Presidential palace in Rome on Jan. 26.

Photographer: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned after losing his Senate majority, plunging the country into political uncertainty just as it’s battling the pandemic and a recession.

Weakened by the defection of a junior partner, Conte offered his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday, according to a statement from the president’s office. The head of state, who oversees attempts to forge new governments, will hold a round of talks with party leaders before he nominates someone to forge a fresh coalition, the statement said.