Ex-ECB chief Draghi accepts request to form technocrat government in Italy

Rome, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Former president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi on Wednesday accepted a request to form an “emergency” government in Italy after political negotiations to restore the executive of former prime minister Giuseppe Conte flopped.

Italian president Sergio Mattarella took the decision to immediately confront the economic and health crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and to avoid snap elections.

Mattarella said it was a call for unity and asked “all the political forces present in the parliament to give confidence to a high-profile government, which should not be identified with any political formation.”

This solution is reminiscent of the one taken in November 2011 by the then head of state Giorgio Napolitano when the economic crisis forced the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi. A government of technocrats headed by Mario Monti was appointed to swiftly address the challenges facing the country, one of the worst hit by the financial turmoil in Europe.

Draghi will now open consultations with political parties to find out what kind of support he can expect in parliament. EFE-EPA


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