Ex-ECB chief Mario Draghi tapped to form government in Italy
- 03 February 2021
Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, has said he would seek a “high profile” government, as speculation grew that it may be led by the former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi, APA reports citing The Guardian.
Mattarella made the announcement after ruling coalition partners failed to form a majority following Giuseppe Conte’s resignation as prime minister last week.
Mattarella said he was left with two choices: either call snap elections or nominate a technical government (one consisting of appointed technocrats rather than elected representatives) to manage the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s economic and social challenges.
He did not say who he would pick to lead the government, but Draghi – nicknamed “Super Mario” for his role in saving the euro – has been summoned to meet Mattarella on Wednesday. The move follows days of speculation in the Italian press about Draghi’s possible appointment as a technical prime minister.