Draghi’s measures – a package designed to tackle Italy’s cost of living crisis – were passed between 172 and 39. However, the 5-Star boycott puts the government at real risk of collapse. and could lead to an early election.
After winning the vote but losing the support of 5-Star, Draghi said in a statement: “I would like to announce that tonight I will present my resignation to the President of the Republic. ”
He added: “Today’s votes in Parliament are significant from a political point of view. Much of the national unity that has supported this government since it was founded is no longer there.”
Earlier, he said he would not lead a government that did not include 5-Star.
However, Italian President Sergio Mattarella rejected Draghi’s resignation, instead asking Draghi to speak before parliament to assess the political situation, the Italian president said in a statement.
“The President of the Republic does not accept the resignation and invites the Prime Minister to appear before the National Assembly to exchange information, to assess the situation arising as a result of the session held today in the Senate of the Declaration of Independence. publication can be made in its appropriate forum”.
Several Italian political parties supported Mattarella’s decision.
“Italy, in these difficult times, it is impossible without Draghi,” Renato Brunetta, minister of public administration for the Go Italy party, said in a Facebook post.
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio described the decision of his former party, the 5 Stars movement, as “an act of clear irresponsibility, thus bringing the country down into the abyss.” Di Maio left the party in June, creating a new party called Together for the Future.
In a statement, Di Maio’s party supported the president’s decision and called Draghi a “precious and fundamental” figure.
“We are working to ensure that a solid majority in favor of this government appears in parliament on Wednesday,” it said.
But Giorgia Meloni, Leader of Italy’s far-right Brotherhood, the sole opposition party, called for “immediate elections.”
“The country is in a storm, listing all the difficulties on an international and national level, from the war in Ukraine to soaring energy prices,” Meloni said.
The populist 5-Star movement opposed Draghi’s cost of living package on the grounds that it didn’t go far enough, after threatening to withdraw support for a long time.
A major sticking point was also the funding of an incinerator in Rome, which angered the 5 Star movement.
Maria Domenica Castellone, leader of the 5-Star movement in the senate, said: “We oppose this decree on methods and substances, especially in relation to incinerators. It is madness.”
When he took over, he appointed a cabinet that included people from many of Italy’s political parties.