Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday amid criticism of his government’s management of the Covid-19 crisis. The former law professor will try and form a new government to avoid a snap election.
President Sergio Mattarella confirmed he had accepted Conte’s resignation. The prime minister held a Cabinet meeting earlier this morning to inform the government of his plans.
Conte, in power since 2018, quit after ex-PM Matteo Renzi pulled his Italia Viva party out of the governing coalition.
Renzi opposed Conte’s plans for spending more than €200 billion ($243 billion) of EU recovery fund cash.