Mr Draghi, Italy’s outgoing Prime Minister, submitted his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday morning after key coalition parties withdrew their support for his government. Hours later, Mr Mattarella dissolved parliament.
Mr Mattarella and Mr Draghi signed the dissolution decree at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Thursday afternoon. Before heading there, Before heading there, Mr Draghi was given a round of applause in the lower house of parliament.
Dubbed Super Mario for his handling of the eurozone crisis as head of the European Central Bank, he first tendered his resignation a week ago when a populist party in his broad-based coalition government refused to back an economic package for businesses and families.
President Mattarella had asked him to stay in the post and, after days of silence, Mr Draghi said he would continue if the political parties were prepared to back a strong, cohesive government.
But that was not the case, with things crumbling on Wednesday when three of his main partners snubbed a confidence vote he had called to try to end divisions and renew their fragile alliance.
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