giuseppe conte ansa-2Giuseppe Conte’s academic credentials credibility have been put in doubt after two mentioned academic institutions denied Conte’s claimed links.

The New York Times has quoted a New York University spokesperson as saying that Giuseppe Conte’s name does not appear in the institution’s files as either a past student or a faculty member.

The Times of Malta has quoted a spokeswoman for the University of Malta said that the university has no record of Giuseppe Conte ever forming part of the resident academic staff. “However this does not exclude that he may have been involved in lecturing duties during short courses organised in the summer of 1997 by the now defunct Foundation for International Studies (FIS) which was a separate entity that worked in close collaboration with the University of Malta,” the spokeswoman said.

The controversy over the nomination of Conte raises the possibility that Luigi Di Maio, the head of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), could be back in contention to become Italy’s next premier.

Di Maio and Matteo Salvini, the anti-immigrant head of the League, who have agreed a shared agenda and have been trying since elections on 4 March to create a government, agreed days ago to take themselves out of contention to lead Italy and had settled on Conte, a virtually unknown candidate, to serve as premier.

Sources New York Times, Times of Malta