Draghi’s measures — a package designed to tackle Italy’s cost-of-living crisis — passed by 172 to 39. However, a 5-Star boycott puts the government at risk of real collapse and could lead to early elections.
After winning the referendum and losing the support of 5-Star, Draghi said in a statement: “This evening I would like to announce that I am submitting my resignation to the President.”
“Today’s vote in Parliament is very important from a political perspective. The majority of national unity that supported this government since it was formed is no longer there,” he added.
He had earlier said that he would not lead a government without 5-Star.
However, Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, has rejected Draghi’s resignation, instead asking Draghi to address parliament to assess the political situation, the Italian presidency said in a statement.
“The President of the Republic has not accepted the resignation and has invited the Prime Minister to appear in Parliament to make a communication so as to assess the situation arising as a result of the outcome of today’s session in the Senate. The Republic may be carried out in its proper forum,” the statement said.
After the populist 5-Star Movement long threatened to withdraw its support, it opposed Draghi’s cost-of-living package on the grounds that it did not go far enough.
A major sticking point was also the funding of a garbage incinerator in Rome, which angered the 5-Star Movement.
Maria Dominica Castellone, head of the 5-Star movement in the Senate, said during Thursday’s debate.
Upon taking the job, he appointed a cabinet that included members of Italy’s broad spectrum of political parties.
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