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Italy’s fragile ruling coalition appeared to have been shattered after Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned on Thursday. The Associated Press reported that his offer came following the refusal of one of his coalition members not to support a bill that would help ease financial pressure on consumers and industries struggling with the rise. of energy prices.
Hours after his offer to step down, Italian President Sergio Mattarella turned down the offer and asked Draghi to return to Parliament and try to muster enough votes to remain as prime minister.
With President Sergio Mattarella’s rejection of his resignation, the next big test for Draghi’s survival is next week, when he will have a chance to take one last step to lawmakers before the vote of confidence is held.
Draghi, who has been in power since February 2021, made the announcement after narrowly surviving the confidence vote earlier this week.
The Five Star Movement – a populist party that enjoyed widespread success before souring voter support with political changes – refused to take part in the vote. Draghi has said several times that he would step down if he lost Five Star support.
“Tonight I will give my resignation to the president of the republic,” Draghi told his cabinet. “The coalition of national unity that supported this government no longer exists.”
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The Five Star’s refusal to participate in the vote raised eyebrows, with some party members saying it was not a reflection on the government, but rather a matter of domestic politics and disagreement.
“Today we are not taking part in the vote on this measure … but this position of ours is not about trust in the government,” said the leader of the Five Stars in the Senate Mariolina Castellone before the vote.
Despite keeping his majority five-starless, Draghi took disapproval as a death knell for his cabinet.
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Italy is only the latest country that is facing radical challenges for the current policy of the order.
President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country on Wednesday, just days after thousands of protesters stormed his residence amid the nation’s crippling economic crisis.
Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had both agreed to step down, with the president’s resignation taking effect Wednesday. Wickremesinghe said he will step down once a new government takes office, but protesters are calling for an immediate resignation.
In Japan, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated last week after being shot in the back by a deranged gunman who was angry about the time Abe was in office.
Italy has had six different prime ministers since 2011, including Giuseppe Conte who served two different mandates from 2018 to 2021.
The Associated Press e contributed to this report.