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Italy: PM, Conte to resign, Tuesday.

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Shortly before the announcement on Conte’s resignation, Five Star said it would stand by Conte.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte intends to hand in his resignation to the president on Tuesday after a morning cabinet meeting to inform his ministers, according to his office.

The prime minister, who has been in office since June 2018, hopes President Sergio Mattarella will give him a mandate to form a new government with broader backing in Parliament, according to media reports.

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Conte lost his majority in the upper-house Senate last week when the centrist Italia Viva party led by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi quit the country’s coalition government in a dispute over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic recession.

The prime minister’s office said in a statement Conte “will inform his ministers of his intention to resign” at a meeting convened for 9am (08:00 GMT). “He will then go to see President Sergio Mattarella,” it added.

Mattarella, as head of state, can accept the resignation, possibly asking the prime minister to try to form a more solid coalition that can command a majority in Parliament. The president could also reject the offer. But he has frequently stressed the need for the nation to have solid leadership as it struggles with the pandemic, with its devastating effects on Italy’s long-stagnant economy.

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Conte, a lawyer and university professor, has led a long-bickering centre-left coalition for 16 months. Before that, for 15 months, he headed a government still with the populist Five Star Movement, the parliament’s largest party, but in coalition with the right-wing League party of Matteo Salvini. That first government collapsed when Salvini withdrew his support in a failed bid to become prime minister himself.

Italy has had 66 governments since World War II and administrations are regularly ripped up and then pieced back together in tortuous, behind-the-scenes talks that open the way for cabinet reshuffles and policy reviews.

However, once a prime minister resigns, there is no guarantee that a new coalition can form, and always a risk that early elections might end up as the only viable solution.

Earlier, MPs in the prime minister’s own coalition warned he would face defeat in Parliament this week in a vote over a contested report on the justice system, which could only be averted by handing his resignation.

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Conte had resisted resigning so far for fear that he might not be reappointed. Instead, he tried to draw wavering senators into his camp with vague promises of a new government pact and possible ministerial positions.

However, his efforts have floundered and MPs from the co-ruling Democratic Party (PD) said he needed to stand down and open formal negotiations in order to win time to create a new coalition.

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Trying to allay his fears of a political imbroglio, PD MPs said they would support him to lead a new cabinet.

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Conte has no direct party affiliation but is close to the largest coalition group, the Five Star Movement.

“We remain at Conte’s side,” said a statement from the party’s leaders in both parliamentary houses, Davide Crippa and Ettore Licheri.

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It has also made clear that it does not want any attempt at reconciling with Renzi.

“He is a problem and cannot be part of the solution,” said Stefano Patuanelli, industry minister and a Five Star politician.

Renzi has indicated he would return to the coalition on the condition that Conte accepted a string of demands.

Looking to put pressure on waverers, the main ruling parties have warned that snap elections – two years ahead of schedule – will be the only way out of the impasse unless a solution is rapidly found.

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A recent reform cut by one-third the number of parliamentary seats up for grabs at the next national ballot, meaning that many of the current MPs are unlikely to win re-election, whatever the result.

This means that there will be no rush in Parliament for a vote, putting pressure on party leaders to find a compromise.

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Conte Reveals he has no intention to leave Inter

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Antonio Conte said he has no intention of quitting Inter Milan following his side’s 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in a pulsating Europa League final on Friday.

Antonio Conte said he has no intention of quitting Inter Milan following his side’s 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in a pulsating Europa League final in Cologne on Friday.

The Inter coach’s occasional angry outbursts have seen him clash with club senior executives since taking over the reins in 2019 but he maintained that he would be staying with the club. “There is no rancour, from me nor the club. There are people I already worked with, so that’s not the issue,” the 51-year-old said in a post-match interview. “It’s about points of view, some situations that I faced this year and didn’t like, with all due respect for everyone. We’ll clarify the situation, without rancour, because I will always be grateful for having the chance to spend a great year at Inter, but on the other it was also very tough … if you think I will step back, I won’t.”

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Lukaku’s luck runs out
Conte was left rueing the bad luck of Romelu Lukaku, who scored 34 goals this season after arriving from Manchester United but who ended up deflecting Diego Carlos’s overhead kick into his own net in the second half.

“It was a tough, well-balanced game where in the second half one incident could change it. We had the opportunity, but instead there was that unlucky deflection off Romelu, so inevitably it became very difficult after that,” Conte said. “We have regrets to a degree, as the team gave everything it had against a team with a great deal of experience that was accustomed to these occasions and that had won the final many times. In the end, that made the difference”.

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Conte admits he might depart after UEL defeat

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Antonio Conte hinted that he may not be Inter Milan manager next season following their 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in Friday’s Europa League final.

Romelu Lukaku’s late own goal consigned Conte’s side to defeat in Cologne, after the Belgian had given the Serie A side the lead from the penalty spot early on.

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The Italian boss confirmed that he and his squad will take a couple of days off, ahead of a meeting amongst ‘cool heads’ afterwards to decide his future.

Conte told the media after the final: ‘It’s only right that we analyse the entire season, look at everything in a very calm way, and try to plan the future of Inter, whether it’s with or without me.

‘It has been difficult and we’ll figure things out. It has been wonderful for me to be the coach of Inter, I thank the owners who allowed me to go through this great experience.

‘If I can say one thing: it was worth it and I will always thank those who gave me the opportunity to have this experience.’

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Inter Milan also finished as runners-up in Serie A, finishing a point behind Juventus who sacked Maurizio Sarri after their Scudetto win and Champions League exit this month.

Conte’s side also fell at the semi-final stage in the Coppa Italia, meaning the Italian manager was left empty-handed in his debut season at the San Siro.

The Inter boss admitted that his family will also play a part in his future at the club and the meeting with the club’s chiefs about where they go from here.

Conte continued: ‘If some situations end up affecting my family, that is no longer enough for me. Everything has its limits, I have to see where my limits are.

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‘We’ll clarify the situation, without rancour, because I will always be grateful for having the chance to spent a great year at Inter, but on the other it was also very tough.’

Conte has enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the Inter Milan hierarchy since he was appointed manager just over 12 months ago.

The Italian raged to the media about the board and how they prepared Inter for the title race after they surrendered the Scudetto to Juventus in July.

The ex-Chelsea and Juventus boss confirmed he will not resign from his role but that could not be enough to keep him in the role.

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He claimed: ‘If you think I will step back, I won’t. I said what I think, you heard my words and they have not changed.

‘Something happened, there’s no point beating around the bush. We have to see whether everyone is prepared to not have another year like this for what happened with me.

‘There are a few situations I will evaluate, it’s only right the President evaluates it too, I’ll tell the directors my views.

‘Beppe Marotta, Piero Ausilio, they were all convinced I should come here and I will always thank them.’

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Conte supports Inter Milan’s trick to sign Messi

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Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte was asked about Lionel Messi following his side’s 3-0 Serie A win over Genoa on Saturday.

Antonio Conte has described talk of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi’s possible arrival at Inter Milan as “fantasy football”, but he did welcome the transfer links.

Messi’s future has dominated headlines in 2019-20 amid speculation the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is ready to quit Barça at the conclusion of his contract next year.

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Inter head coach Conte was asked about Messi following the Nerazzurri’s 3-0 Serie A win over Genoa on Saturday and he told reporters: “We’re talking about fantasy football, situations that at the moment cannot be linked to Inter. For many reasons.

“I don’t think there’s a madman in the world who wouldn’t want Messi. But that kind of situation really is very, very, very far from Inter, from what we are doing and what we are trying to build.

“We need to create a solid base, and then maybe… I repeat, this is fantasy football; however, I like the fact that when fantasy football is involved, the team that is linked to it is always Inter.”

Lukaku grabs brace in Inter win over Genoa
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Conte’s Inter returned to winning ways at Genoa following consecutive draws.

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Alexis Sánchez – on loan from Manchester United – continued his fine form with a goal of his own as Inter moved second in the table, a point clear of Atalanta and four adrift of leaders Juventus with two matches remaining.

Conte’s former club Juventus can seal their ninth successive Scudetto against Sampdoria on Sunday.

“I think that so far we have 76 points, which is good, but I am sure it’s not enough to win,” Conte said.

“Therefore the league will be won by someone else. At the same time, we must have the determination to finish as high as we can.”

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