Italian PM resigns as support crumbles

Italian PM resigns as support crumbles

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi today resigned after key coalition allies boycotted a confidence vote, signalling the likelihood of an early election and a renewed period of uncertainty for Italy and Europe at a critical time.

President Sergio Mattarella dissolved Parliament after Draghi’s resignation, clearing the way for an early election. He said the election must be held within 70 days, leaving the government to fix the precise date which is likely to be in late September.

Draghi tendered his resignation to Mattarella during a morning meeting at Quirinale Palace. Mattarella, who rejected a similar resignation offer from the premier last week, “took note” of the new one and asked Draghi’s government to remain on in a caretaker fashion, the President’s office said.

Draghi’s government of national unity imploded on Wednesday after members of his uneasy coalition of right, left and populists rebuffed his appeal to band back together to finish the Italian Parliament’s natural term and ensure implementation of a European Union-funded pandemic recovery programme.

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