Opinion polls suggest Italians are poised to vote their first far-right government into power since World War II.
Italy's president dissolves parliament, triggering snap election following Draghi's resignation and a week of turmoil in the country.
Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the possibility of early elections and the far-right seizing power.
Though Draghi’s government won a confidence vote in the Senate on a relief bill to help Italians facing soaring energy costs, 5-Star senators were absent, raising the spectre of a snap general election.
Parties have voted overwhelmingly for President Mattarella to remain for a second term, averting the political chaos a failure to elect his successor could have sparked in the eurozone's third-largest economy.
Momentum appeared to be building for President Sergio Mattarella to reconsider his refusal to serve a second term as head of state after repeated failure to find a consensus candidate.
The president has the final say in naming the prime minister and is often called on to resolve political crises in the euro zone’s third largest economy.
Thousands of fans, including the president and the Pope, cheer the Italian team after its victory at the Euro 2020.
Mario Draghi begins the final round of talks with smaller parties on forming a new Italian government, followed by separate meetings with key players including M5S, PD, and the League.
President Mattarella’s move to give Draghi a mandate to put together a high-profile administration comes after talks fail to salvage Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s shattered coalition.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who said he wanted a "high-profile" administration to take office to tackle the health emergency, summons former European Central Bank President Mario Draghi for talks.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigns in the hope of forming a new government after weeks of turmoil in his ruling coalition, leaving the European country rudderless amid surging coronavirus.
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