Italy’s Conte might be back at helm with Salvini shut out

  • Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, talks at the phone inside a mobile phones shop in the center of Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. While Italians don’t know if they’ll soon have a new government, let alone who would lead it, U.S. President Donald Trump has cast his vote — for caretaker Premier Giuseppe Conte. A day after the two finished attending the G-7 summit in France, Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he hoped Conte would “remain” as premier. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)

  • The League party leader Matteo Salvini talks to journalists after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at Rome’s Quirinale presidential palace, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Mattarella continued receiving political leaders to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ROME — Two Italian political parties agreed Wednesday to try to form a new coalition government, putting aside past rivalry to forestall an election that could put right-wing nationalist Matteo Salvini in power as premier.