BREAKING: Italy’s President dissolves parliament following Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s resignation

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Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella has dissolved parliament following Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s resignation.

Update 6.06.pm (July 21) President Sergio Mattarella of Italy has dissolved the Italian parliament following the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

The President of Italy did not set a date for a new election, but he stated that due to Italy’s Constitution, it must be held within the next 70 days.

The lack of support for Draghi also led Mattarella to decide on early elections, as he said there was no possibility of forming another government with a lawmaker majority.

Original 10.51.am. (July 21) The decision from Mario Draghi comes after weeks of back and forth about his future as the Prime Minister of Italy.

“Italian President Sergio Mattarella today received Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who, after discussing the situation following the vote in the Senate, submitted his government’s resignation. The President of the Republic took note of this, and the government was instructed to carry out current duties,” the statement said.

After the Italian government collapsed on Thursday, July 14, Prime Minister Mario Draghi communicated his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella.

However, the country’s head of state rejected his offer of stepping down and summoned Draghi to appear before Parliament on Wednesday, July 20, where he explained his reasons for resigning.

At the hearing, it appeared that Draghi was going to try to fix the collation government but following months of political tensions and struggles between the parties involved, the 74-year-old made his decision.


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