Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the parliament that he would hand in his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella later today. Mattarella will then decide whether to put together a new coalition or dissolve the parliament and call early elections.

Conte also accused League leader Matteo Salvini for dragging down the coalition. He said Salvini has shown “he is following his own interests and those of his party”. He also said Salvini’s decisions “pose serious risks for the country”.

Salvini has demanded early elections, 3-1/2 years ahead of schedule, confident his surging popularity will sweep him into power as prime minister and push the coalition partner 5-Star Movement into opposition.

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