Although negotiations remain tense, the 5 Star Movement and Democratic Party parties have already made some breakthroughs in talks and have put Giuseppe Conte at the front line for the post of prime minister.
PD leader Nicola Zingaretti informed Italian President Sergio Mattarella of a principle of agreement to govern with the 5 Star Movement, a government led by Giuseppe Conte. This breakthrough in negotiations took place on Wednesday, dampening the possibility of calling early elections, reports Reuters.
"We decided to agree with Conte as prime minister because that's what the 5 Star Movement wanted," PD chief Nicola Zingaretti told reporters.
The two parties have not yet reached agreement on the remaining positions, nor have they revealed a common political agenda, with only a few hours to go before the deadline to reach agreement. The head of state, however, asked them to report on the state of negotiations by the end of the day. If they are unable to reach an agreement, Mattarella must appoint an interim government and call elections for October.
On August 20, Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation, criticizing his "deputy" Matteo Salvini, whom he accused of not allowing to go ahead with various legislative matters.
The fall of the coalition government of the 5 Star Movement and the Italian League had negative consequences for Matteo Salvini, who saw the League's voting intentions fall by seven percentage points. According to a poll conducted by Tecnè on Wednesday, August 21, hours after Conte handed the resignation to President Sergio Mattarella, the PD would rise three points to 25% and the 5 Star Movement with three points.