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Italy’s Draghi Says He Won’t Lead Government If Five Star Leaves

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Mario Draghi said he won’t continue leading Italy’s government if the Five Star Movement leaves his coalition.

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(Bloomberg) — Mario Draghi said he won’t continue leading Italy’s government if the Five Star Movement leaves his coalition.

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“For me there is no government without Five Star,” Draghi said at a press conference on Tuesday. “There is no Draghi government different from the current one.”

Draghi is under mounting pressure from several parties in his broad alliance who want him to soften reforms and possibly reshuffle the cabinet. He faces a key test Thursday at the Senate, with a confidence vote over an aid package for businesses and households hit by high energy prices.

Giuseppe Conte, Draghi’s predecessor as prime minister, has threatened that Five Star — the second-biggest party in parliament — could boycott the vote. Backing from other large parties, including the Democratic Party and the League, means that Draghi will win the Senate vote. 

Still, it is unclear what will happen if Five Star goes ahead with the walkout Thursday. Draghi could tender his resignations to President Sergio Mattarella, formally opening a government crisis. He already paid a surprise visit to Mattarella on Monday evening to discuss political tensions.



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