Eps 1558: The elections in Italy

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Rome, Italy Italy Italian President Sergio Mattarella disbanded Parliament Thursday, setting off a snap election after Italys prime minister, Mario Draghi, resigned early in the day. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The 2022 Italian governmental crisis that led to the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi led to Italian President Sergio Mattarella dissolving Italys Parliament on July 21, eight months before it was due to expire, and calling a new election. In the Italian presidential elections held at the end of January 2022, President Sergio Mattarella was re-elected, although having refused to seek a second term, after being asked by his ruling party to do so when no other candidates were viable.
Enrico Letta, Senator Pier Ferdinando Casini and members of the Italian parliament standing in ovation to Sergio Mattarella, unseen, after reaching the quorum on the sixth balloting day of the election of the new president of Italy, in the Chamber of Deputies, in Rome, the Italian republic, January 29, 2022. Former Italian Prime Minister and leader of the Forza Italia party Silvio Berlusconi gestures while Lega leader Matteo Salvini and Lega leaders Giorgia Meloni watch at the conclusion of their meeting, Italy, Italy, 20 October 2021. The Brotherhood, Italys sole opposition party during technocrat Mario Draghis government of national unity, looks likely to fare well in the Italian elections scheduled for Sept. 25, making the partys leader, Giorgia Meloni, a favorite to be the countrys next Prime Minister. Born in the working-class Garbatella neighborhood of Rome, the son of a Sicilian mother and a father from Sardinia -- a world away from the citys elite -- party leader Giorgia Meloni is now reaping the rewards of betting that she will be his partys only opposition force against Draghi once his grand coalition is formed in February 2021.
Born in Romes working-class Garbatella district to a Sicilian mother and a father from Sardinia - a world away from the citys elites - party leader Giorgia Meloni is now reaping the rewards of betting on making her party the sole opposition force to Draghi after he formed his grand coalition in February 2021. Leveraging her earnest manner, her working-class origins, and her visibility as a woman in a predominantly male milieu of Italian politics, Meloni has expanded Lega of Italys appeal outside of its traditional rural, southern heartland, scoring a string of local electoral victories across Northern Italy, where Lega is dominant, while also making a formidable showing in Sicilys biggest city, Palermo, long the lefts citadel. The Brothers of Italy leads the Italian political parties by 23%, following a slow, but steady climb, according to the Politicalo aggregate polling average. Credited in the survey with a potential share of nearly a quarter of Italys votes, the sole opposition party can lead a right-wing coalition to win a majority of seats in the Italian Parliament. Prior to the resignation of Mario Draghi, polls suggested an early vote would favour Italys sole opposition party, Lega Nord, an ascendant political formation at the extreme right end of the parliamentary spectrum led by Giorgia Meloni.
Italy is set to hold a special election on September 25, which may result in a coalition led by the far-right Party of Brothers of Italy winning the most votes, following the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Italy is set to hold its upcoming snap elections on September 25, after president Sergio Mattarella accepted Prime Minister Mario Draghis resignation and officially dissolved Parliament on July 21. With Draghis resignation and the countrys coalition government disbanded, Italy now must await elections in order to enact any reforms, as well as pass the Italy 2023 budget.
Draghis resignation comes after several key parties from his coalition - the strong 5-Star Movement, the largest party in the countrys coalition government, center-right Forza Italia and far-right Lega - boycotted the governments confidence vote on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, the far-right League and centre-right Forza Italia rejected the chance to remain in government with the powerful 5-Star movement, leaving the countrys coalition government on the verge of collapse and sending Italys major stock market, the FTSE MIB, falling by more than 2.5%. Political analysts and economists agree that a re-election for Mattarella would ensure some short-term stability to the fracturing Italian republics political landscape, however, the coalition government and Draghi, who has expressed his own desire to step into this role, but did not get enough votes, face a tough fight ahead as they face an array of reforms needed to unlock Europes bailout funds.
His government would still be in a position to enact the reforms needed to unlock around EUR200bn of aid from the EU, as well as represent Italy in international events, but the prime ministers authority as the main man on European responses in the form of military support to Ukraine in Rome has been curtailed. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has said that he would not rule without support from parliamentary elections held by populist 5-Star Movement.
The crisis has exploded in an impressive series of political moves, with Matteo Salvinis Lega and Silvio Berlusconis Forza Italia sensing a political opening with new elections, pulling out of their coalition, leading Prime Minister Mario Draghi to step down. Immediately, the right-wing parties involved in the national unity government -- Silvio Berlusconis Forza Italia and Matteo Salvinis League -- forced the governments downfall and - along with Italys far-right Lega -- called new elections.
When a broad government coalition was launched in February 2021, it had cabinet ministers from six parties -- populist 5-Star Movement, the right-wing League and Forza Italia, the Democratic Party and its breakaway party, Italia Alive, and, finally, progressive One. Draghi, a well-known economist who is not aligned with either party, became Prime Minister in February 2021, leading a cabinet with ministers from across Italys vast political spectrum.