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Italians Ask Prime Minister Draghi to Remain in Office Despite Political Crisis

Italy’s mayors, business organisations and union leaders urged Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the weekend to rethink his decision to resign, warning that the stability of the debt-laden country was at risk.

The mayors of 110 Italian cities, including the top 10 metropolitan areas, said in an open letter they were following the turmoil with “incredulity and concern” and called for all sides to show responsibility.

“We mayors, who are called upon every day to manage and resolve the problems that afflict our citizens, ask Mario Draghi to go ahead and explain to parliament the good reasons why the government must continue,” they wrote.

Draghi tendered his resignation last week after one of the parties in his broad coalition, the 5-Star Movement, refused to back the government in a parliamentary confidence vote.

President Sergio Mattarella rejected his resignation and asked him to address parliament this coming week, hoping he would find a consensus to stave off early elections at a time of international tumult and economic tension.


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