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

ROME (AP) — The Latest on efforts to form a new Italian government (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

Italy's populist 5-Star Movement has asked the nation's president to give caretaker Premier Giuseppe Conte the mandate to form a new coalition government, a week after the one he led for 14 months collapsed.

The leader of the anti-establishment 5-Stars spoke to reporters after meeting President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace on Wednesday. Luigi Di Maio said: "We told the president we have reached a deal with the PD that would allow Conte to be the next premier."

After Conte proposes a list of ministers to the president, both chambers of Italy's parliament would hold confidence votes on the new government he presents.

The stalemate over who might head it ended on Wednesday when the opposition Democrats agreed to 5-Star demands for a renewed premiership for Conte.

The new coalition, however, risks being highly unstable as the two partners -- former arch-enemies -- have already started fighting in the last few days over a common platform and the makeup of a Cabinet.

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4:00 p.m.

The leadership of Italy's opposition Democratic Party has given its backing to Giuseppe Conte as the possible premier of a new government coalition with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.

After days of frantic negotiations with the 5-Stars, the Democrats voted Wednesday in favor of Conte's second mandate to lead what is shaping up as an uneasy alliance between the former archrivals. But the Democrats remain divided over the tie-up.

Democratic leader Nicola Zingaretti will meet President Sergio Mattarella later Wednesday to tell him he wants to forge an alliance with the 5-Stars, in a bid to avoid early elections. The president is expected to assign a mandate to the possible premier late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Conte has resigned after Matteo Salvini's League abruptly pulled the plug on his government.

Italy's Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, leaves 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
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
Italy's caretaker Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, leaves 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
Italian Democratic Party Leader Nicola Zingaretti, center, flanked by party members, Paola De Micheli, left, former premier Paolo Gentiloni, second form left, Andrea Marcucci, second form right, and Graziano Delrio, right, 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. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)
Italian Democratic Party Leader Nicola Zingaretti, left, leaves 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)
Italian Democratic Party Leader Nicola Zingaretti, center, 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)
Italian Democratic Party Leader Nicola Zingaretti leaves 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)
Italian Democratic Party Leader Nicola Zingaretti, background center, 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. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA Via AP)
Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi waves to journalists as he leaves 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)