Source: www.foxnews.com : 2022-07-14 19:14:16 : Timothy Nerozzi
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Italy’s brittle coalition government has shattered after Prime Minister Mario Draghi tendered his resignation Thursday. The Associated Press reported his offer came following a refusal by one of coalition members not to support a bill that would help consumers and industries struggling with soaring energy prices.
Draghi, who has been in power since February 2021, made the announcement after narrowly surviving a confidence vote earlier this week.
The Five Star Movement — a populist party that enjoyed widespread success before souring its support from voters with policy shifts — refused to take part in the vote. Draghi has said repeatedly that he would resign if he lost the support of Five Star.
“I will tender my resignation to the president of the republic this evening,” Draghi told his cabinet. “The national unity coalition that backed this government no longer exists.”
Five Star’s refusal to take part in the vote raised eyebrows, with some members of the party claiming it was not a reflection on the government, but instead a matter of internal politics and disagreement.
“We are not taking part in the vote on this measure today … but this position of ours is not about confidence in the government,” senate Five Star leader Mariolina Castellone said before the vote.
Despite maintaining his majority without Five Star, Draghi has taken the lack of endorsement as a death knell to his cabinet.
Draghi told his cabinet that he will be submitting his formal resignation to President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday.
It will be up to the president to accept or decline the prime minister’s exit from office.
Italy is only the latest country experiencing radical challenges to present order politics.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country early on Wednesday, just days after thousands of protesters stormed his residence over the nation’s crippling economic crisis.
Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had both agreed to resign, with the president’s resignation effective on Wednesday. Wickremesinghe said he will step down once a new government is in place, but demonstrators are demanding he resign immediately.
In Japan, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated last week after being shot from behind by a deranged gunman who was upset over Abe’s time in office.
THE Associated Press contributed to this report.
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