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What next for Italy as Draghi resigns

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Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella finally accepted Prime Minister Draghi’s resignation after his refusal last week.

Draghi’s resignation follows the boycott of a vote of confidence in the government on Wednesday night by several significant parties in his coalition, including the influential 5-Star movement, the largest party in the coalition government of the nation center-right Forza Italia, and the far-right League.

Despite the backing of international leaders and popularity among many national citizens, the centrist leader resigned. These leaders saw him as a crucial European voice in opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his conflict in Ukraine.

Draghi’s resignation poses a dilemma for Europe’s future as well as that of Italy.

In a statement following his meeting with House Speaker Roberto Fico and Senate President Elisabetta Casellati, Mattarella said the era Italy is living through “does not allow for any pauses.”

Following the resignation of the nation’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi earlier in the day, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday dissolved parliament and called for an immediate election. On September 25, there will be a national election.

The political turmoil that the third-largest economy in the European Union has experienced over the past 24 hours has been described as “inevitable.”

Mattarella gave a brief speech from his apartment in Rome’s Quirinale Palace thanking Draghi and his ministers “for their work over the last 18 months.”

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