21 July 2022

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigns.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi handed in his resignation on Thursday 21 to President Sergio Mattarella, who asked him to remain in office in a caretaker capacity, the head of state's office said in a statement.

The statement did not say whether Mattarella would dissolve parliament or call early elections.

Draghi, a former European Central Bank chief, bec
ame prime minister in 2021 as Italy wrestled with the coronavirus pandemic and an ailing economy, had reprimanded his squabbling national unity coalition and urged them back into line before it was too late.

He won a confidence vote in the Senate on Wednesday, but boycotts by three of his coalition allies in the voting virtually doomed any prospects for his unity government’s survival.

He had already tendered his resignation last week after one of his partners, the populist Five Star Movement, failed to back him in a confidence vote on measures tackling the high cost of living.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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