Prime Minister Mario Draghi survives vote of confidence

Despite his calls for unity, lawmakers from three parties boycotted the vote: the powerful 5 Star Movement, which is the largest party in the country’s coalition government; center-right Forza Italia and the far-right League.

Draghi now leads a fractured government on the verge of collapse, and he is expected to step down.

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the events represented “a black page for Italy”, in a tweet.

“On this day of madness, Parliament decides to go against Italy,” he wrote on Twitter.

Earlier Wednesday, Draghi had asked lawmakers to back the coalition government to avoid calling a snap election.

“We need a new pact of trust, sincere and concrete, like the one that has allowed us so far to change the country for the better,” he said.

“If we still want to stay together, the only way is to rebuild this pact (of national unity) with courage, altruism, credibility,” added the former boss of the European Central Bank.

Another former prime minister, Matteo Renzi, thanked Draghi for his efforts after the vote.

“As I told the Senate from tomorrow, nothing will be like before,” he wrote. “Proud to have wanted it against everything and against everyone. Proud to have supported it even today.

To resign, Draghi will have to offer his resignation to the country’s president, Sergio Mattarella. The two men were not scheduled to meet on Wednesday, a presidential source told CNN.

Draghi has already tendered his resignation once, last week, after the 5 Star Movement withdrew its support in a parliamentary confidence vote on a package designed to tackle Italy’s cost of living crisis.

He previously said he would not lead a government that did not include 5 stars.

Draghi’s resignation at the time was, however, rejected by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who urged him to stay and find a solution.



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