Draghi will present his resignation to the Italian president today: “I am going to see Mattarella to tell him of my determination” | International


Italy has definitively buried the prolific Draghi era. The Prime Minister, victim on Wednesday of the loss of support from his Executive partners, announced this morning in the Chamber of Deputies that he will present his resignation to the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella. Parliament has avoided the process of a second vote of confidence, as indicated by the perfect Italian bicameral system, and Draghi has then gone to the Quirinal Palace to meet with the head of state and present his resignation. Italy will now open an electoral process that will probably lead to general elections in the first or second week of October. A dizzying scenario at the most delicate moment for Italy and for Europe.

Draghi appeared this Thursday after nine in the morning in the Chamber of Deputies, where he thanked and received a resounding applause. Visibly moved, he turned to his favorite joke about central bankers on its head. “As you see, sometimes the heart of a banker is also used.” Then, briefly, he gave rise to the process. “In light of yesterday’s vote, I ask to suspend the session to go see the President of the Republic to communicate my decision.”

Wednesday’s day caused a kind of political short circuit that no one expected in the morning. Draghi appeared in the Senate with the will to reverse the decision he had made to present his resignation six days earlier. He did it, he said, due to the strong popular support received and the enormous international pressure, which reminded him of the relevance that Italy had acquired in issues such as the war in Ukraine, and the commitments it had pending with the European Union. It seemed that nobody wanted Draghi to leave. Only 3 out of 10 Italians would have preferred to go to elections, according to a survey last weekend by The stamp. So Draghi appeared in the Senate with a synthetic government program that he proposed to sign in order to move forward. But self-destructive Italian politics unexpectedly erupted again.

The right-wing parties that were part of Draghi’s unity government, La Liga and Forza Italia, thought that the scenario was too propitious to win a hypothetical election and they toppled the prime minister. Both parties withdrew their support for the Executive under the pretext of not continuing to share an umbrella with the 5 Star Movement. And then so did the crickets, who charged harshly against the prime minister for not attending to their demands. A decision that can only be explained by partisan reasons that, among other things, will cause an implosion in Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi’s party, which is part of the European People’s Party and on Wednesday behaved like one more of the Italian populist forces.

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