Italy's PM forms new coalition and replaces Salvini's far-right League with EU-friendly Democrats

Mail Online | 9/1/2019 | Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
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Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a new coalition government today which replaces Matteo Salvini's far-right League party with the centre-left Democrats.

Six days after President Sergio Mattarella asked him to try to form a new government, Mr Conte arrived at the Quirinal Palace to tell the president he had teamed the populist 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democrats in an alliance.

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The new coalition is aimed at snuffing out populist far-right forces after Mr Salvini brought the government down last month.

Buoyed by months of rising popularity in opinion polls and the European Parliament elections, Mr Salvini had been betting his surprise pullout would prompt early elections that could have brought him the premiership.

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But after days of haggling, parliament's largest opposition force, the Democratic Party, and the 5-Star Movement, long bitter rivals, worked out a deal to team up in a government again headed by Mr Conte.

Mr Conte told reporters on Wednesday at the presidential palace that he and the new ministers will 'dedicate our best energies, our abilities, our passion to making Italy better in the interest of all Italians'.

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The premier, before he headed his first government in June 2018, was a novice to politics with a career as a law professor and mediation specialist.

He considers himself...
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