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As his coalition falls apart, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigns

As his coalition falls apart, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigns

As his coalition falls apart, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigns

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigns

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  • Mario Draghi’s resignation comes after several key parties in his coalition boycotted a confidence vote.
  • Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella will meet with the speakers of Parliament.
  • A snap election, likely to take place this fall, is likely to be called for next year.
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Mario Draghi, the prime minister of Italy, announced his resignation on Thursday; sending the third-largest economy in the EU into new political turbulence.

Draghi’s resignation follows the boycott of a vote of confidence in the government on Wednesday night; by several significant parties in his coalition, including the influential 5-Star movement; the largest party in the coalition government of the nation; center-right Forza Italia, and the far-right League.

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The president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, will now meet with the parliament’s speakers before calling for an early election; which may happen as soon as this fall.

The centrist leader’s retirement comes in spite of his backing from international leaders; and popularity among many citizens of the nation, who see him as a crucial European voice; in opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his conflict in Ukraine.

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