Italy faces turbulent politics after Mattarella’s re-election

Italy faces turbulent politics after Mattarella’s re-election
Italy faces turbulent politics after Mattarella’s re-election

The re-election of President Sergio Mattarella in Italy averted political disaster, but analysts warn that the political parties’ “conspiratorial” schemes have begun.

After a six-day stalemate and amid fears that the government would fall, Mattarella, 80, who previously said he did not want to continue his duties, agreed to break the deadlock in parliament.

He said that “the country is going through an exceptional situation, as Italy, which is heavily indebted and one of the countries most affected by the 2020 pandemic in Europe, is still in a state of serious health, economic and social emergency.”

He got 759 votes from an electoral college that includes 1,009 deputies and regional representatives in Saturday’s vote for a second presidential term.

It was essential that the only contender for the position, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, remain at the head of the government to keep Rome on the right track with major reforms to the tax system, justice and the public sector.

Draghi, who was chosen by Mattarella last year, was keen for Italy to receive funds from the European Union’s post-pandemic recovery plan amounting to nearly 200 billion euros.

But divisions within Italy’s parties have deepened over the past week, according to Francesco Galletti of political consultancy Policy Sonar, who noted that divisions are expected to worsen as the campaign intensifies before the election in 2023.

“The question is whether the main component of Draghi’s government, the broad majority of parties, will remain in place in the next few days,” Galetti told AFP. “If not, the situation will quickly get out of control.”

As for Wolfango Piccoli of the consulting company “Tenio”, he said that “rebuilding confidence within the ruling coalition was an almost impossible task, and it is now likely to reorganize the ranks of individual parties as well as coalitions.”

Lorenzo Codogno, former chief economist at the Italian Treasury indicated that the division between weak parties could have a positive side.

“The parties will not be able to object, and this may facilitate Draghi’s task of finding a middle ground between the divergent positions on the reforms,” ​​he said.

Source: AFP

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