The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, today announced his resignation, after losing the parliamentary majority that supported him, as he himself said at the beginning of an appearance in the Chamber of Deputies, where he was welcomed with applause.
Draghi asked that the session be suspended because he was going to go immediately to communicate his resignation to the head of state, Sergio Mattarella, who is expected to call early electionsalthough it could also commission him to seek another majority to exhaust the legislature or grant that mission to another technical or institutional figure.
“Thank you, even bankers have hearts. Thank you for this and for what we have done together.” said an emotional Draghi when he was received with applause and with numerous deputies standing up, after which he went to the Quirinal, where he is now meeting with Mattarella.
Draghi’s decision comes after three partners in his government coalition, Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia (FI), Matteo Salvini’s far-right League and Giuseppe Conte’s populist 5 Star Movement (M5S), withdrew their support. in a confidence motion this Wednesday in the Senate.
Draghi will later return to the Lower House to close, starting at 12:00 noon (10:00 GMT), the parliamentary process that began yesterday in the Senate at the request of Mattarella, who last Thursday rejected his resignation for abandoning the M5S and urged him to go to Parliament to try to rebuild the government coalition.
The prime minister went to the Senate yesterday to try to rebuild the coalition of national unity that supported him and won the motion with 95 votes in favor and 38 against -although only 133 of the total of 320 senators voted-, but ended up losing the support of the M5S , FI and the League.
The economist has led a coalition of national unity since February 2021 in which almost all the parties in the hemicycle were, except Giorgia Meloni’s ultra Brothers of Italy.
Last week the crisis broke out in his coalition after the M5S did not vote on a confidence motion, distancing himself from the rest of his partners, which pushed Draghi to present his resignation.
However, President Mattarella rejected his resignation and summoned him to seek a solution in Parliament.
Berlusconi and Salvini welcome the call for early elections, which could be held in early October and which is the option that their electoral partner and ultra-leader Meloni has been demanding for days, alone in the opposition and the country’s leading force according to the majority of the surveys.
In recent days, unions, employers, numerous associations of all kinds and even the Catholic Church had encouraged Draghi’s continuation due to the ongoing economic, energy and social crisis.
(With information from EFE)
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