Italy. Three parties in Draghi’s government deny him confidence
The national unity government of Mario Draghi is coming to an end: three parties belonging to the coalition of the President of the Council have announced their non-participation in a vote of confidence requested by the latter this Wednesday in the Senate.
Mario Draghi thus finds himself deprived of the support of three important members of his coalition: Forza Italia, the right-wing party led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the League, the far-right party of populist tribune Matteo Salvini, and the populist formation Mouvement 5 Etoiles.
On Thursday, the President of the Council submitted his resignation but President Sergio Mattarella refused it.
These mass desertions should logically lead to the resignation of Mario Draghi, who has repeatedly affirmed that he would only remain in his post if he retained broad support, which is no longer the case today.
A coalition gone up in smoke
Following a debate rich in twists and turns in the Upper House, Mario Draghi expressed his frustration with the parties, some of which in turn expressed their dissatisfaction at not seeing their points of view taken into account. The coalition supporting Draghi so far, which went from the left to the extreme right, thus went up in smoke.
« With bitterness but with a clear conscience, we will not participate in the vote », launched Anna Maria Bernini, president of the Forza Italia group.
The party had presented its own motion to the Senate, proposing to renew Draghi but without the 5 Stars, but Draghi had only called for a vote on the motion of another senator proposing the pure and simple renewal of the outgoing government.
The League and the M5S followed the same line as Forza Italia.
On the center-left, on the other hand, the Democratic Party and Italia Viva have announced that they will vote for confidence, as well as Together for the Future, the neo-party of the head of diplomacy, Luigi Di Maio, who, with around fifty parliamentarians, left the M5S at the end of June.