Italy's President Summons Conte for Talks on Forming Government

Ruben Hill
May 23, 2018

The resume masking the years since Conte earned his legislation diploma from Rome's Sapienza College in 1988 consists of references to stays at an array of high universities in the US, Britain and France, with out specifying what research he had undertaken.

For example, his 12-page resume says he "perfected and updated his studies" at New York University during the summers of 2008-2014.

A League official, however, said the reported questioning of Conte's candidacy was not completely accurate, without elaborating.

A presidential source said before summoning the little-known law professor, Mattarella had contacted the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right Northern League to receive confirmation that he remained their choice for prime minister.

If the Italian president accepts Mr Conte's nomination, despite his total lack of political experience, he could be...

The University of Malta on Tuesday said it had no record of Conte "ever forming part of the resident academic staff", but added that "he may have been involved in lecturing duties during short courses organized in the summer of 1997" by a now-defunct foundation that worked with the university.

Conte did not respond to the speculation he padded his official resume, which was submitted to the Italian parliament in 2013.

The motion stated in a press release Tuesday that Conte, a legislation professor picked to go Italy's first populist authorities, "had by no means boasted" of levels overseas however had "stayed overseas to review, enrich his data and ideal his juridical English".

The resume also says Mr Conte studied at the International Kultur Institut in Vienna in 1993.

Di Maio said yesterday he had proposed Conte, a 53-year-old law professor from Florence University to lead a coalition government with the League. They agreed to Conte's name as a compromise.

5-Star Movement leader Di Maio shakes hands with Giuseppe Conte in Rome ahead of Italy's election, March 1, 2018.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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