Electing Draghi as president "feasible" if plan for govt exists- former PM to paper


  • World
  • Friday, 21 Jan 2022

FILE PHOTO: Italia Viva party leader Matteo Renzi arrives at Montecitorio palace for talks on forming a new government, in Rome, Italy, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

ROME (Reuters) - The election of Prime Minister Mario Draghi as Italy's new president "is feasible" if there is a plan in place for his succession as premier, former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and leader of the co-ruling Italia Viva party was quoted as saying on Friday.

"If there is a game scheme ready for the 'after Draghi', then operation Draghi is feasible. Nobody will accept to lose such a valued premier without having certainty on the future (of the government)," Renzi told daily La Stampa in an interview.

Italy's parliament will start voting on Monday for a new head of state to replace Sergio Mattarella and Draghi has long been viewed as the favourite to win, with parties in his government rallying behind him in an effort to maintain political unity and prevent an unseemly scrap.

Small parties like Renzi's Italia Viva could become decisive to resolve potential deadlocks in the vote.

(Reporting by Giulia Segreti; editing by Agnieszka Flak)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

U.S., 6 others say they support APEC after Russian invasion protest
More than 100 million people forcibly displaced in the world - U.N.
Governments need to take urgent action to combat inequality -Oxfam
Storms kill at least 8 in Canada, leave half a million without power
Fate of ancient Athens guides WHO at gathering to plan for next pandemic
Is artificial intelligence the next tool to fight wildfires?
Australia's new PM Albanese to fly to Quad meet hours after taking reins
World Health Assembly to focus on COVID-19, health and peace
Severed head of missing Nigerian lawmaker found in park -police
Boris Johnson discussed Russia's blockade of Odesa with Ukraine's Zelenskiy

Others Also Read