The government crisis has been brewing in Italy for days. Prime Minister Mario Draghi announces his resignation after a boycott in the Senate – which President Sergio Mattarella, however, rejects.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has rejected Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s offer to resign. Instead, he called on the non-party economist to report to Parliament and to assess the current situation, as announced by his office in Rome on Thursday evening.
The reason for the rift in the Italian government was a parliamentary vote in which the co-governing party, the Five Star Movement, did not vote and thus did not express confidence in Draghi’s cabinet.
Italy is thus in the midst of the drought and energy emergency and the consequences of the Ukraine war in a serious political crisis.
Crisis in Italy: According to Mario Draghi, the pact of trust has failed
Draghi could now try to reunite supporters in the two-chamber parliament and have this confirmed by a vote of confidence. Even with the previous multi-party government, he would have had the necessary majority, even without the Five Star Movement.
Draghi is likely to find supporters among the Social Democrats, who have been co-governing so far, and the Italia Viva party of ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The far-right Fratelli d’Italia, on the other hand, called for early elections. Matteo Salvini’s right-wing party Lega has not ruled out new elections in the past.
The populist anti-establishment party of Draghi’s predecessor Giuseppe Conte decided on Thursday not to support an aid package worth around 26 billion euros. The Five Stars demand more aid money and did not want to vote for a waste incineration plant in the city of Rome, which is plagued by waste chaos. She has rejected this investment for years. Some observers assume that Conte gambled too high and has now lost control of his movement.