TEHRAN,Young Journalists Club(YJC) -President Sergio Mattarella meets Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at 9.30 a.m. (0730 GMT) on Thursday, and is expected to hand him a fresh mandate to put together a new coalition of the 5-Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD).
Sworn enemies in the past, the two parties entered coalition talks after 5-Star’s former coalition partner, the right-wing League party led by eurosceptic Matteo Salvini, declared the government unworkable and called for snap elections.
Salvini’s move backfired and on Wednesday night, the anti-establishment 5-Star party and center-left PD announced they would try to form a coalition under the continued leadership of Conte, a technocrat who is seen as close to 5-Star.
The two sides still need to agree on a shared policy platform and team of ministers, but 5-Star chief Luigi Di Maio and his PD counterpart Nicola Zingaretti said they had pledged to find common ground for the good of the country.
“We love Italy and we consider it worthwhile to try this experience,” Zingaretti told reporters. Speaking shortly afterwards, Di Maio said: “We made commitments to the Italians...and come what may we want to fulfil them.”