Status: 07/21/2022 12:00 p.m.
Supporters of resigning Italian Prime Minister Draghi are making serious allegations against the parties that voted to withdraw their confidence. There could be new elections in October – with good chances for a right-wing alliance.
For a moment there was a glint of emotion in the eyes of the otherwise so controlled Mario Draghi: when the still immobile Prime Minister began to make his statement to the Chamber of Deputies in the morning – and the deputies on the side left of Parliament greeted him with long standing applause.
The heart of the central banker
Draghi smiled and made self-deprecating comments about his emotional reaction: “Even the hearts of central bankers are used from time to time.”
Draghi’s actual statement to the Chamber of Deputies lasted only 15 seconds: “Thank you very much for the joint work during this period. In view of the vote of the Senate of the Republic last night, I would like to ask you to interrupt the session because I am going to see the president and he will give my decision will say so.”
Last night Draghi suffered a clear political defeat in the Senate. Only about a third of senators voted for the prime minister to continue. This was sufficient for a simple majority, as three former ruling parties did not take part in the vote.
But that was clearly not enough for Draghi to continue to rule. The Five Star Movement, Matteo Salvini’s right-wing Lega and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia had effectively ended their allegiance to Draghi, causing the National Unity Coalition to collapse.
“The most respected Italian in the world”
Supporters of Draghi such as the leader of the Social Democratic PD, Enrico Letta, or Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio then spoke of a sad or dark day for Italy. His accusation: Italy has been plunged into an irresponsible crisis due to party political profiling and electoral tactical considerations.
The former economic development minister, the liberal Carlo Calenda, is also making serious accusations against the parties that voted to withdraw their confidence in Draghi. “A gaggle of scoundrels, irresponsible populists from right and left – Forza Italia, Lega, Five Star Movement, have sent home the world’s most respected Italian in an unprecedented international crisis.”
Rüdiger Kronthaler, ARD Rome, on the government crisis in Italy
tagesschau24 10:00 a.m., 21.7.2022
“The pillar of European stability will be missing”
Gennaro Migliore of the Italia Viva party, who is also one of Draghi’s supporters, also sees the negative international consequences of Draghi’s fall: “It’s a government crisis in Italy, but not only. In Russia, champagne bottles are now uncorked and vodka opened. , and on the other hand, internationally, there are those who are rightly worried that a pillar of European stability like Mario Draghi is now lacking.”
New elections likely in early October
The decision on how to proceed in the government crisis in Rome now rests with President Sergio Mattarella. He is expected to call new elections after due deliberations with the presidents of the Senate and the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies on the dissolution of parliament. Possible dates for new elections are 2 or 9 October. Until then, Draghi and his government could remain in office as executives.
According to the polls, there is a good chance of winning the new elections for an alliance of the right-wing parties, the Brothers of Italy, Lega and Forza Italia. The most popular politician in Italy right now after Draghi is Giorgia Meloni, the leader of Italy’s post-fascist brothers. After Draghi failed in the Senate, the 45-year-old said she looked forward to new elections.
Mattarella appoints Speaker of Parliament
Another argument in favor of new elections is that after Draghi’s resignation, Mattarella appointed the two presidents of parliament to his official seat. The President of the Senate, Maria Elisabetta Casellati, and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico, are expected in the afternoon. Observers suspect Mattarella of wanting to dissolve the two chambers of parliament and thus initiate early elections.
Italy before the new elections: Draghi declares his resignation – The president accepts
Jörg Seisselberg, ARD Rome, July 21, 2022 10:40 a.m.