Italian President Sergio Mattarella Rejects Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s Resignation

Italian President Sergio Mattarella rejected Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s resignation on July 14 after the Five Star Movement party failed to take part in a confidence vote.

Mattarella refused to accept Draghi’s resignation and instead insisted that he address the parliament to “assess” the situation.

“The President of the Republic did not accept the resignation and invited the President of the Council to present himself to Parliament to make communications so that an assessment of the situation that has arisen following the results of the session held today at the Senate of the Republic could be carried out in its proper form,” a statement from the Italian presidency said.

Draghi earlier vowed to resign after the Five Start Movement withdrew its support in a parliamentary confidence vote on a government decree.

Draghi said that the “pact of trust at the base of the government’s action” and “the conditions to carry on “no longer exist.”

The government decree was designed to tackle the cost-of-living crisis in the country. It passed with 172 votes in favor and 38 against, but the Five Star boycott left the government at risk of collapse and could trigger a snap election.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio described the Five Star Movement’s decision as “a clear act of irresponsibility, thus condemning the country to the abyss.” 

Di Maio left the party to form a breakaway group called Together for the Future, following a dispute over sending more weapons to Ukraine against Russian forces.


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