September 4, 2019 / 12:34 PM / 12 days ago

Italian PM Conte to meet president on Wednesday afternoon -statement

ROME, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will meet head of state Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday afternoon, a presidential statement said, suggesting Conte was ready to announce he can form a new government and put forward his list of ministers.

Conte has been leading negotiations between the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to create a new coalition after the previous administration of 5-Star and the hard-right League collapsed.

The president’s office did not give a precise time for the meeting, but said live streaming outside Mattarella’s office would start at 2.30 p.m. (1230 GMT). (Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Giselda Vagnoni; editing by Crispian Balmer)

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