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Ex-ECB boss Draghi tasked with forming a government in Italy

Five-star founder Beppe Grillo is expected to dictate the official line of the movement, which appears divided. The strongest individual party in the Italian parliament had tried hard to revive the coalition that had supported the government of the resigned Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte until last week. A meeting of the five-star parliamentarians is to decide on the future political line on Wednesday afternoon.

Some top politicians such as the interim head of the five stars, Vito Crimi, had spoken out against a possible Draghi government. The five-star MP Giorgio Trizzino said, however, that it would be “irresponsible” to evade the appeal by President Sergio Mattarella, who had called on all political forces for a “high profile government” under Draghis in this very difficult phase for Italy Support line.

There are also differences in the center-right about a Draghi government. Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing Fratelli d’Italia party and the rising star of the Italian right-wing populists, called for new elections. The Lega has signaled its willingness to support a Draghi government, but much depends on its program, according to party leader Matteo Salvini. In any case, Draghi can count on the support of ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, the head of Forza Italia. According to Forza Italia circles, there is “mutual respect” between the ex-ECB president and the media tycoon.

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