Conte, Giuseppe, 1964–, Italian political leader, grad. Sapienza Univ. of Rome law school, 1988. A law professor at the Univ. of Florence and a political independent, he was a political novice who was not widely known when he was named premier in June, 2018, by the populist, antiestablishment coalition government formed by the leftist Five Star Movement (M5S), led by Luigi Di Maio, and the right-wing League, led by Matteo Salvini. In 2019, when Salvini sought to force new elections, Conte resigned and denounced him as obstructionist; M5S then formed a government with the Democrats, again with Conte as premier.
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