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Italian PM ordered back to parliament after president rejects his resignation

Mario Draghi, Italy’s prime Minister, has resigned. But the president of Italy has rejected it.

The respected former head at the European Central Bank, Mr. Draghi, has been leading a wide coalition.

After a coalition ally withdrew its support earlier Thursday, he said he would be stepping down.

President Sergio Mattarella refused to resign and asked him to address parliament in order to get a better picture and to see if he could still command a majority.

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According to Italian TV, Mr. Draghi could address parliament next week, most likely on Wednesday.

If the impasse isn’t resolved, the president can either find a temporary leader or dissolve parliament to call an election.

By early 2023, an election was already scheduled.

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After Mr. Draghi had won a confidence vote earlier in parliament, he decided to resign following the boycott by the 5-Star party of the bill. The bill was intended to assist the Italians with their rising energy costs.

According to a statement from his office, Draghi stated that he would “resign to the president” during a cabinet meeting.

“The national unity alliance that supported this government is no longer in existence.”

Image: While Mr Draghi won, senators of the 5-Star party boycotted the vote. Pic: AP

Although the populist 5-Star party was the largest at the 2018 election, its support has dropped and it has complained about being ignored.

Mr. Draghi (74) is Italy’s sixth prime minister over the past decade.

He has been a steady force in the country since his election to the presidency last February.

Giovanni Orsina is the director of the school for government at Rome’s LUISS University. He said that the president would do all he could to get Mr. Draghi to agree to a solution.

She stated, “We have the pandemic, the war, inflation, and the energy crisis.”

“So, this is certainly not a good time. Also, [President] Mattarella believes rightly that his mission it to preserve stability.”

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