Conte sets Thursday as the deadline for new government

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The leader of Italy’s Democratic Party (PD) said on Sunday his team was working hard to form a new coalition government with once bitter adversaries from the 5-Star Movement, with a common agenda and a deal over cabinet posts still being hammered out.

Italy’s president gave Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte a mandate on Thursday to try to form a new coalition in the wake of Matteo Salvini’s decision to pull his right-wing League from its 14-month-old alliance with 5-Star to seek early elections.

In comments on Sunday, Conte said that he should present the new government by Thursday. He sounded positive that there are any insurmountable hurdles. He also added that the appointment of the new cabinet members is not the most pressing issues.

Via Reuters / Ansa 

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