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Berlusconi, Salvini to support Draghi if Five Star out

Mario Draghi.(Photo: AFP)

ROME — The right wing of Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s coalition said Wednesday it would support him and avoid triggering snap elections, but only within a government which did not include the populist Five Star.اضافة اعلان

The Five Star Movement’s decision to snub a confidence vote on the government last week prompted Draghi to offer his resignation.

He told parliament Wednesday he would stay on and avert a crisis — but only if the parties pledge their full support.

Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and Matteo Salvini’s anti-immigration League said in a statement that they would “only continue to contribute to solving Italy’s problems with a new government, still led by Mario Draghi, (but) profoundly renewed and without the Five Star Movement”.

Draghi has insisted previously he will only stay on if the national unity government remains intact — which means with the Five Star.

The ex-European Central Bank chief was set to address the Senate again later Wednesday, after parties across the political spectrum have had a chance to react to his proposal for a fresh start to carry the government through to scheduled general elections in May 2023.

Analysts have suggested a possible split within the fractured Five Star could allow Draghi to form a new government with just the breakaway element, even if the remainder decide to become an opposition party.

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