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Giuseppe Conte gives up becoming PM: Italian presidency

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AFP  |  Rome 

Italy's prime ministerial candidate Giuseppe Conte gave up today his mandate to form a government after talks with the president over his cabinet collapsed.

"I have given up my mandate to form the government of change, " said Conte to reporters after leaving failed talks with President Sergio Mattarella.

Conte thanked the president and the leaders of the Five Star Movement and the League seeking for form a coalition government, "for having put me up as a candidate."

"I can assure you that I have given the maximum effort and maximum attention in carrying out this task, and I can assure you that I have done so in a climate of full collaboration with the representatives of the political forces that made me candidate," Conte said.

Conte, 53, a lawyer and political novice, was named as prime minister Wednesday, but he still had to present a list of ministers that the head of state agreed to before his mandate could become fully effective and his government could seek approval in parliament.

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First Published: Mon, May 28 2018. 00:35 IST