Italy PM to quit and try to form new gov’t

ROME (AFP) – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was set to resign yesterday in the hope of forming a new government after weeks of turmoil in his ruling coalition, leaving Italy rudderless as it battles the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The uneasy coalition that has led Italy since September 2019 was fatally weakened earlier this month by the withdrawal of former premier Matteo Renzi’s small but crucial Italia Viva party.
Ahead of a key vote in parliament this week that he looked set to lose, Conte’s office announced he would step down yesterday, in what supporters said was a move to form a new gove