Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced his intention to step down from his post and said he will submit his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella tonight.
“I announce that I will submit my resignation to the President of the Republic tonight,” Draghi said at a cabinet meeting, the government’s press office said on Thursday.
The Italian government, led by Draghi, survived a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate in a vote held Thursday afternoon. In total, 172 senators out of 315 senators voted for the trust.
The prime minister tied the fate of his government to the survival of the Five Star Movement in the parliamentary majority and expressed his unwillingness to continue to rule with the support of a new parliamentary majority.
The Five Star Movement has not announced its withdrawal from the government, but the failure to trust today’s vote threatens the collapse of the ruling coalition 9 months before the end of the current legislative session.