Italian president accepts Mario Draghi's resignation

17:57 21 July Kyiv, Ukraine

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has submitted his resignation for the second time. Italian President Sergio Mattarella accepted the resignation of the prime minister.
Until snap elections, which could take place as early as October, the government remains in power to carry out current duties under Draghi, the president said.
As early as Wednesday morning, Draghi announced that he had decided to change his previous decision to resign and was ready to continue working as prime minister. At the same time, he set one condition: all members of the motley ruling coalition, consisting of both right and left parties, must agree on a common program.

Draghi said last week that he was stepping down as he had lost the support of the populist Five Star Movement, a key player in his ruling coalition.. But Italian President Sergio Mattarella did not accept his resignation and suggested that he consult with parliament in order to clearly understand the current political situation.

On Wednesday, the Italian parliament was due to decide on confidence in the government - and for several hours the Italians kept hoping that the political crisis could end and the elections would take place according to plan, that is, not until next year.

But coalition partners refused to take part in the confidence vote: Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party, the populist Five Star movement and the anti-immigration right-wing League.

As a result, the Italian parliament adopted a resolution on a vote of confidence, but this did not save the cabinet: the government coalition essentially fell apart.
After which Draghi declared that the pact of trust, which was supported by the government of national unity, was gone, and therefore he decided to resign.