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World Italy’s Conte Resisting Pressure to Resign as Senate Vote Looms

18:20  24 january  2021
18:20  24 january  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is resisting pressure to resign in the run-up to a critical vote in the Senate that could topple his fragile administration, newspapers said. While the premier isn’t currently planning to quit, he may change his mind if he fails to recruit enough senators ahead of a

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte narrowly won a confidence vote in the upper house Senate on Tuesday, allowing him to remain in office after a Looking to head off speculation he might resign following the close vote , Conte said he would seek to bolster his support in parliament.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is resisting pressure to resign in the run-up to a critical vote in the Senate that could topple his fragile administration, newspapers said.

While the premier isn’t currently planning to quit, he may change his mind if he fails to recruit enough senators ahead of a vote on Wednesday or Thursday to approve the annual report of the justice minister, daily Corriere della Sera said.

Conte is struggling to prove he still commands a majority in the Senate after the defection of a key ally on Jan. 13. Il Messaggero reported that Conte may consider resigning before the vote if he sees no room to secure a majority.

Italy's Conte struggles to secure support in Senate showdown

  Italy's Conte struggles to secure support in Senate showdown Italy's Conte struggles to secure support in Senate showdownROME (Reuters) - Efforts by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to build a new majority in parliament after a junior partner quit his coalition floundered at the weekend as several centrist lawmakers rejected his overtures.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is racing to forge a new majority that would keep him in power after a junior ally abandoned him, with the day of The task will be particularly challenging with a confidence vote due Tuesday in the Senate , where Conte ’ s government already had a razor-thin

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte narrowly won a confidence vote in the upper house Senate on Tuesday, allowing him to remain in office after a junior Having overcome a similar confidence motion in the lower house on Monday, Conte won in the 321-seat Senate by 156 to 140, with 16 abstentions.

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“I did what I could but the numbers remain uncertain,” Bruno Tabacci, a lawmaker seeking to broaden Conte’s support, said in an interview with La Repubblica on Sunday. “I suggested an act of clarity to Conte: step down to form a new government. And if he doesn’t succeed, we go to elections.”

While winning confidence votes in both houses of Parliament last week, he fell short of an outright majority in the Senate. To make up the shortfall, Conte is targeting senators from Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, centrists, unaffiliated lawmakers and even members of Italy Alive, the party led by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that abandoned the coalition.

Italy's head of government: Conte also wins a vote of confidence in the Senate

 Italy's head of government: Conte also wins a vote of confidence in the Senate This avoids the need to form a new government or even a new election in the middle of the corona and economic crisis. © GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE / AFP Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte Conte also wins a vote of confidence in the Senate The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also won the vote of confidence in the Senate on Tuesday. This avoids the need to form a new government or even a new election in the middle of the corona and economic crisis.

Italy ' s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has resigned following a blistering attack on coalition partner Italian President Sergio Mattarella accepted the resignation of Mr Conte and is due to begin Addressing the Senate on Tuesday, Mr Conte said the League leader, who was sitting beside him

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is under pressure from his coalition to quickly broaden his If it loses, Conte will face more pressure to resign . Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, leader Conte won Tuesday’ s vote in the 321-seat Senate by 156-140, leaving him five short of an outright majority.

So far, the vote count in the Senate would hold at the 156 mark he won in a confidence vote last week, Corriere said, adding that it could be even fewer for the justice motions. That did represent more than half the votes cast, but fell short of the 161-seat threshold that he needs to pass key legislation including budget laws.

Italian bonds fell Friday, bringing 10-year yields to 0.75%. The premium over German bonds, a key gauge of risk in the region, widened 8 basis points to 126 points, the highest level since November.

Although some of the premier’s allies are also raising the specter of early elections, this is widely considered an unlikely option, officials who asked not to be named discussing confidential talks said on Friday.

Several coalition members are against going to the polls in the near future as they fear that a vote would usher in the center-right opposition led by Matteo Salvini. They have also cited the pandemic, a recession and the need to manage the European Union’s recovery package as reasons to avoid an election. Some lawmakers in the center-left Democratic Party are seeking to restart talks with Renzi to avoid an election, La Repubblica reported.

“If we were to go to elections, it might not be this government that presents the Recovery plan,” Vincenzo Amendola, minister for European affairs, told La Stampa. “It would be very serious for the country and a paradox for the government allies who have fought and won a battle to improve it.”

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign, leaving nation without a stable government to guide pandemic response .
Conte directed pandemic decision-making while trying to hold warring political factions together. Conte’s office said in a statement Monday night that he will inform his ministers he is stepping down and will then meet with the country’s president, Sergio Mattarella, to “tender his resignation.” Conte’s decision leaves Italy with no straightforward path to reestablishing a workable government, all while the country tries to manage the pandemic’s health crisis and a vaccine campaign that has slowed because of Pfizer-BioNTech shortages.

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