Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned from his Presidentship. Further, people are unsure if he will form a new coalition government and lead that or not.
The political parties in Italy are divided due to the spending due to coronavirus crisis. Moreover, 85,000 Italians have lost their lives due to the pandemic.
Giuseppe Conte resigns due to COVID crisis manhandling
President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Conte had a meeting. The President is speculated to have asked the PM to form a stronger government. Last week, Conte lost majority at the Senate. Thus, either someone else will become the new PM or go through a snap election.
A law professor, who had been leading the coalition government since 2018 submitted his resignation to the Italy President. Currently, PM Conte is discussing this political crisis with Elisabetta Casellati, the Senate President.
The President will take steps ahead
Sergio Mattarella is going to spend a couple of days talking to the leaders of his party. Since the President has to decide what happens next, he needs to consult the members and take a step ahead.
Two weeks back, the centrist coalition government went into a crisis as former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pulled his liberal Italia Viva party out. Moreover, he said that he would return only when Conte accepted a list full of demands.
Last week, Conte received a vote of confidence at the lower house, Chamber of Deputies. He then won one Senate vote, but without a majority.
Now, the lack of majority will restrict government functionalities. Thus, there will be a political shake-up. The main objection of Renzi was Conte’s spending of €209 billion from EU recovery funds. It is a part of €750 billion allocated by EU for Covid crisis.
According to Renzi, promising sectors like green technology and digital must receive maximum investments. He expects MPs to take such decisions and not technocrats. Moreover, he also wants more investment in health services.
Italy is going through a huge recession. It was the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in Europe in 2020. Renzi was the Priem Minister between 2014 to 2016. However, his party Italia Viva is polling at less than 3% right now.