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Italy's president rejects Prime Minister Mario Draghi's offer to resign

Italy's president rejects Prime Minister Mario Draghi's offer to resign
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Friday, 15 July, 2022, 10:24

Italian Premier Mario Draghi offered to step down Thursday after a populist coalition ally refused to support a key government bill, but the nation's president rejected the resignation, telling Draghi to see if he can still find a majority in Parliament willing to support him.

Draghi's broad unity coalition government — which includes parties from the right, the left, the center and the populist 5-Star Movement — was designed to help Italy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. He took office in February 2021.