Italy: President dissolves Congress and will advance elections

the president of Italia, Sergio Mattarellatoday decreed the dissolution of Parliament and terminated the legislature after the resignation of the prime minister, Mario Draghi, and the date of the announcement of an electoral advance is now awaited.

Ethe head of state today decreed the dissolution of the Senate and the House of deputieselected in March 2018, after meeting with their respective presidents, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati and Roberto Fico, according to an official statement.

The government of Mario Draghi, in office, you must decide this afternoon the date of the general elections, which will be within 70 days after the dissolution, so the possibility of them taking place in the second half of September is being considered.

Mattarella offered a brief statement at the Quirinal Palace, seat of the Head of State, in which he acknowledged, in a serious tone, that this decision is “always the last choice” above all “given the many important duties to be done forehead” today.

Among these duties, the president He urged managing situations such as inflation and protecting the weakest in particular, dealing with the last blows of the pandemic or contrasting “the effects” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Mattarella He called for a solution to the political crisis as soon as possible to guarantee “indispensably the increasingly necessary collaboration at a European and international level”, aware of the weight of his country on the continent as the third power of the euro.

But he also urged compliance with the deadlines established in the Recovery Planwith 191,000 million European funds.

“For this reason I hope, even in the intense dialectical tone of the electoral campaign, a constructive contribution in the best interests of Italia“, he finished, referring to the strong confrontation between political parties.

Crisis after the resignation of Draghi

The advance election of this legislature, which was to end in March 2023, is due to the resignation of Draghiformalized this morning before Mattarella, although it will remain in office until the formation of the new Executive.

Draghi presided over a coalition of national unity in the last 17 months, since February 2021, when he was commissioned to govern to manage the crisis of the pandemic after the fall of his predecessor, Giuseppe Conte, leader of the 5 Star Movement (M5S).

His coalition was supported by practically all the parties in the hemicycle, from left to right, except for Giorgia Meloni’s far-right Brothers of Italy.

However, he decided to resign on the 14th after losing the support of the M5S, after weeks of disagreements for various reasons, such as a decree against inflation and the misgivings of the populist formation to continue arming the Ukrainian resistance.

Back then the head of stateor rejected the resignation and summoned Draghi to settle its crisis in the Parliamentwhere he went yesterday, Wednesday, with the intention of rebuilding his coalition and joining all the parties again to complete the legislature.

However, far from putting it back together, it witnessed the abandonment of two other important partners, the far-right League of Matteo Salvini and Forza Italia (centre-right) of Silvio Berlusconi, for which he has had no choice but to resign irrevocably today.


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