ROME  | Populists’ pick to be Italian premier scorns bureaucracy

ROME  — Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country’s first populist government.

Say the name “Conte” and the one who comes to the mind of many ordinary Italians is Antonio Conte, the former coach of the Azzurri, Italy’s national soccer team. The front page of Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera carried an editorial cartoon Monday playing on the possible premier’s lack of a comparable profile.

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