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Italy: Draghi counted – new elections likely

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Status: 07/21/2022 00:07

After three ruling parties blocked a vote of confidence in Draghi, Italy’s prime minister is on the verge of defeat. New elections are now seen as the most likely option. The polls predict a legal alliance.

By Jörg Seisselberg, ARD Studio Rome

A smile, a little hello to the passers-by waiting in front of the Senate. Next, Mario Draghi got into his official car and was taken to Palazzo Chigi, the Prime Minister’s official residence. Probably one of his last trips, as Draghi’s attempt to secure a majority for the continuation of his national unity government failed miserably in the Senate.

Coalition partners oppose Draghi

Three major ruling parties, the Five Star Movement, the right-wing Lega and Forza Italia, led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, have all refused to back Draghi. The three parties, to varying degrees, accused the head of government of paying too little attention to their political issues.

In his statement to the Senate, the former head of the European Central Bank had called for the approval and a restart of the government: “Italy has not brought the confidence which is only a facade which disappears with the first uncomfortable measures. He needs a new pact of trust, Honestly and concretely. I ask the parties and you parliamentarians: are you ready to renew such a pact?

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Not a large majority

The social-democratic PD, which supported Draghi until the end, was one of the losers of the evening. PD boss Enrico Letta is deeply disappointed with the development. “Today is a sad and dramatic day for Italy. Our support for the Draghi government has been pure and honest and I believe it was in Italy’s interest.”

But in the end, apart from the Social Democrats, only the left, former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Italia Viva party and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio’s new group, which left the Five Star Movement last month, stayed on Draghi’s side. . Support far removed from the large majority in parliament that Draghi had cited as a condition for moving forward.

“Quick Elections”

For the leader of the PD, Letta, it is clear what will happen after this defeat. “I believe that we will soon have new elections. Then the Italians will be able to choose between those who loyally supported this government and those who wanted to bury the government for tactical party reasons and who have already started their electoral campaign.”

At 9 a.m. today, Draghi plans to make a statement in the Chamber of Deputies, the second part of parliament. After that, Draghi is expected to offer his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella again – and this time he will accept it. There must be new elections no later than 70 days after the dissolution of parliament, with October 2 being the most likely date.

Good prospects for the candidate on the right

According to the latest polls, a right-wing alliance made up of the post-fascist Brothers of Italy party, the Lega and Forza Italia currently has the best chance of winning. The brothers’ boss from Italy, Giorgia Meloni, appeared in high spirits last night.

“It confirms what the brothers in Italy have said since the beginning of the Draghi government. That it cannot function in a parliamentary republic where everything and the opposite of everything govern together,” she said. “For us, the record of this government and this legislature is extremely bad.”

Meloni, a former member of a neo-fascist party, has for months been Italy’s most popular politician, behind Draghi. Meloni can hope to become Draghi’s successor in power.

After the end of Draghi, new elections are likely

Jörg Seisselberg, ARD Rome, 20.7.2022 11:51 p.m.

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