Law professor Giuseppe Conte has been named as the choice of the Five Star Movement and League to lead the coalition government. During the past two weeks, the League’s Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio from the 5-Star Movement (M5S)have been discussing their way to a coalition deal.
Di Maio and Salvini, told Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, in separate meetings at the Quirinal Palace on Monday. that they had chosen Mr Conte as their compromise candidate for prime minister.
Giuseppe Conte, is a member of the administrative council of administrative justice and lawyer of the Court of Rome is the candidate which presents a common agreed position between the two partners. Above all the choice represents the card that Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini play to convince President Mattarella while reassuring Europe, on a day when the markets already showed jittery signs for the new executive.
Mr Mattarella, however, did not immediately hand a mandate to Mr Conte, instead summoning the two speakers of parliament to the president’s palace on Tuesday for further talks, suggesting he may have some doubts about the selection.
Di Maio dismissed concerns that he would be a powerless technocrat. “Giuseppe Conte will be a political prime minister of a political government, chosen by two political forces that include political figures within it. And especially with the support of two political forces that were voted,” Mr Di Maio said.