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Italy’s fragile coalition government appeared to have shattered after Prime Minister Mario Draghi tendered his resignation on Thursday. The Associated Press reported that his offer came after one of his coalition members refused to support a bill that would have helped ease financial pressure on consumers and industries struggling with energy prices in rise.
Hours after his offer to resign, Italian President Sergio Mattarella rejected the offer, asking Draghi to return to parliament and seek to muster enough votes to remain prime minister.
With President Sergio Mattarella rejecting his resignation, Draghi’s next big test of survival is next week, when he will have the chance to make one last pitch to lawmakers before a vote of confidence takes place.
Draghi, who has been in power since February 2021, made the announcement after narrowly surviving a confidence vote earlier this week.
The Five Star Movement, a populist party that enjoyed widespread success before losing voter support with policy changes, refused to take part in the vote. Draghi has repeatedly said that he would resign if he lost Five Star’s support.
“I will present my resignation to the president of the republic tonight,” Draghi told his cabinet. “The national unity coalition that supported this government no longer exists.”
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Five Star’s refusal to participate in the vote was surprising, with some party members stating that it was not a reflection of the government, but rather a matter of internal politics and disagreement.
“We are not going to participate in the vote on this measure today … but this position of ours is not about trust in government,” Five Star Senate Leader Mariolina Castellone said before the vote.
Despite keeping his majority without Five Star, Draghi has taken the lack of backing as a death sentence for his cabinet.
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Italy is just the latest country to experience radical challenges in coming up with order policies.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country on Wednesday morning, just days after thousands of protesters stormed his residence over the country’s crippling economic crisis.
Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have agreed to resign, with the president’s resignation taking effect on Wednesday. Wickremesinghe said he will step down once a new government is in place, but the protesters are demanding that he step down immediately.
In Japan, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated last week after being shot in the back by a deranged gunman who was upset about Abe’s time in office.
Since 2011, Italy has had six different prime ministers, including Giuseppe Conte, who served two different terms between 2018 and 2021.
Associated Press and contributed to this report.