Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, right, looks at Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini as he addresses the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte blasted the League's leader and Interior minister Matteo Salvini for his decision to spark a government crisis that risks triggering "a spiral of political and financial instability." Conte addressed the Senate on Tuesday in a much-awaited speech after Salvini's far-right League two weeks ago landed a no-confidence vote against Conte's government pushing it on the verge of collapse. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Italian PM Conte to resign after League party pulls backing

August 20, 2019 - 7:06 am

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has told senators he is handing in his resignation because his right-wing coalition partner, the League party led by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, has decided to yank its support for the populist government.

Conte said he will go later Tuesday to officially inform Italian President Sergio Mattarella of his decision. Mattarella, as head of state, could ask Conte to stay on and try to find an alternative majority in Parliament, or accept his resignation and see if some other leader can forge an alternative coalition.

Failing that, Mattarella could dissolve Parliament, setting the stage for a new general election as early as October.