Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will resign Thursday morning for the second time in a week due to a crisis in his coalition. Italian news agency reports that forget Wednesday night. Three coalition parties failed to appear during the confidence vote.
Last week, the 74-year-old prime minister announced his resignation. The reason for this was the absence of the Five Star Movement in voting on a multibillion-dollar package that the government wanted to implement in the fight against rising energy prices and inflation in Italy. Draghi interpreted this as a breach of trust within the alliance.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella rejected Draghi’s resignation. Mattarella said the prime minister should return to Parliament to gauge the vote there. There he won by 98 votes to 35, but three of his coalition parties abstained, including the Five Star Movement.
The centre-right Forza Italia and Lega were also not present. Instead, they applied to form a coalition without the Five Star Movement. But this goes against the condition Draghi mentioned earlier: He wants to continue only if all the parties in the coalition support his government. This puts a definitive end to the political premiership.
The fall of the government means that elections will be held in Italy in September or October at the earliest.
The far-right party can benefit from the government crisis
In Italy, all parties from Parliament are currently in government, with the exception of the far-right and post-fascist Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy). This opposition party could benefit greatly from the government crisis and from the prospect of early elections. New elections are already planned for the spring of 2023.
Draghi, the former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), took office last February and is Italy’s sixth prime minister in ten years. Within the European Union, there has been a lot of attachment to Draghi’s stay, as he is seen as a stable leader.
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