Draghi set to meet president

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 12 – Premier-designate Mario Draghi is
meeting President Sergio Mattarella at 19:00 on Friday and he is
expected to tell the head of State he has dropped his “reservation” about accepting his government-formation mandate
and hand him a list of proposed ministers.
    Mattarella gave Draghi a mandate to form a government last week
after outgoing Premier Giuseppe Conte’s executive collapsed.
    Mattarella called on all the parties in parliament to get behind
a government led by a non-political figure to avoid having to
have snap elections in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, with
Italy holding the presidency of the G20 this year and
co-chairing the COP-26 UN Climate Summit with the UK.
    Italy must also finalize its plan on how to use over 200 billion
euros in grants and low-interest loans it is set to get from the
EU’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund.
    All the parties in parliament, except for the right-wing
Brothers of Italy (FdI) group, have agreed to back a Draghi
    This means no one party will be able to bring down Draghi’s
government on its own.
    The new government could be sworn in on Saturday and face
confidence votes in parliament next week. (ANSA).


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