Conte says won’t quit politics after end of mandate

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he plans to remain in politics when his term at the helm of government ends, saying he “can’t see a future without politics”, in an interview published Monday in Italian daily La Repubblica.

“Politics isn’t just founding a party or running for office; there are thousands of ways to participate in the political life and contribute to one’s country,” Conte said.

Conte said he intends to contribute as a “builder” and said “I’m not divisive”.

Conte was a law professor largely unknown to the public before being picked to head the 5-Star Movement (M5S)-League coalition government was that formed after the 2018 general election.

He is now the head of a new executive, featuring the M5S and centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and two other smaller groups, after League leader Matteo Salvini pulled the plug on his first government in August.



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