Conte’s last hurrah? Italy’s ‘simple citizen’ plots return

FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations headquarters. When Giuseppe Conte exited the premier’s office, palace employees warmly applauded in him appreciation. But that’s hardly likely to be Conte’s last hurrah in politics. Just a few hours after the handover-ceremony to transfer power to Mario Draghi, the former European Central Bank chief now tasked with leading Italy in the pandemic, Conte dashed off a thank-you note to citizens that sounded more like an ’’arrivederci″ (see you again) then a retreat from the political world he was unexpectedly propelled into in 2018.