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Mr Paragone blasted calls for Mario Draghi to take the helm of an emergency technocratic government after Giuseppe Conte failed to secure a new majority. Italian President Sergio Mattarella today summoned former European Central Bank chief Mr Draghi for talks and appears certain to ask him to form a government of national unity to fight the coronavirus and economic crises .
He will need the support of Members of Parliament if he agrees to take the lead.
Reacting to the news, Italexit founder and senator Mr Paragone raged as he called on his colleagues in both chambers to reject the proposal.
Speaking in a live video Tuesday night to his supporters, he blasted: “We will say no. Now is the time to say Italexit.
“This is the moment when we must participate in the great Italexit project.
“Today we’re going to start building something big.
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“Today you will finally understand, as it happened with Monti.
“Here and now is the time to be brave. Let’s see who will support this government of Mario Draghi, set up in the name of urgency.
“I’ve seen too many of these emergency governments already and we’ve seen how it ended.
“We have seen that the final bill for the crisis has landed on the tables of the poor.
Asked about a possible government led by the former head of the European Central Bank, the leader of the center-right League party Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday that the name of the Italian prime minister did not matter, but that their plans mattered.
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“We have five priorities and we will decide based on them,” Salvini told Italian daily Corriere della Sera in an interview. “Like I said, the point is not the person’s name.
“He has to tell us what he intends to do.”
Mr Salvini said his party did not want the new government to raise taxes, but wanted policies to focus on jobs and pensions.
Mr. Draghi’s name has emerged as a potential prime minister in recent weeks, as political turmoil combines with health and economic emergencies.
But it’s unclear which parties in the deeply fractured Italian parliament would support an administration he leads.
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News Italy: Sergio Mattarella asks Mario Draghi to lead a new government
“Certainly, authoritative names and answers are needed in an exceptional crisis like this,” Senate leader of the centrist Italia Viva Davide Faraone told La Stampa in an interview, urging parties to do “well and quick”.
“I have a duty to appeal to all political forces (to support) a high-level government,” Mattarella told reporters, ruling out the only other possibility, early elections, as ill-advised given the range of challenges Italy faces.
Mr Draghi is widely credited with bringing the eurozone from the brink of collapse in 2012, pledging to do “whatever it takes” to save the single European currency.
He has largely disappeared from the public eye since his tenure at the ECB ended in October 2019, but his name has become a potential prime minister in recent weeks as political unrest combined with health and economic emergencies to form a storm. perfect.
The first European country to be affected by the coronavirus, Italy has recorded more than 89,000 deaths since its epidemic almost a year ago – the sixth highest death toll in the world.
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Closures aimed at curbing contagion have devastated the economy, and data released on Tuesday showed Italy’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell 8.8% in 2020 – its largest annual drop since the Second World War.
President Mattarella said one of the most important things the next administration needs to do is quickly draw up plans on how to spend more than € 200 billion from a European Union fund designed to help overcome the economic slump.
Mr Draghi made no immediate comment on the presidential summons and it was initially unclear which parties in the deeply fractured parliament would support an administration he led.
A senior official from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, the largest party in parliament and a key member of the last two coalition governments, said the group would never support a government led by Draghi.
“No way,” he said, declining to be named.
On the other hand, the main coalition partner of the five-star, the center-left Democratic Party (PD), has said it is ready to support the former central banker. Mattarella’s initiative “remedied the disaster,” PD chief Nicola Zingaretti said.
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Matteo Renzi, who sparked Conte’s downfall last month by withdrawing his small party from government to protest his handling of the pandemic, has also pledged his support.
All eyes will be on the parties of the right-wing opposition bloc, which includes the Eurosceptic League of Mr Salvini, the far-right Brothers of Italy and center-right Forza Italia led by Silvio Berlusconi.
While Forza Italia was widely expected to rally alongside Draghi, Brothers of Italy have indicated they will remain in opposition. This could mean that the League could make or break the mentioned administration.
A Draghi government would strengthen Italy’s international position as it takes over the presidency of the G20. But taking the job would come with risks for the 73-year-old economist.
The last time a technocrat took matters into his own hands was in 2011, when another economist, Mario Monti, was given the mission of helping Italy out of a crisis in the debt.
Parliamentarians quickly turned against him when they felt that his economic medicine was too pungent.