Italy’s prime minister is asking the Senate for a vote of confidence to decide whether to stay in office
Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi has told the country’s fractious political parties that they must support him in a crucial confidence vote or accept responsibility for sparking a crisis that could end in snap elections as sincere and concrete as the one that has allowed us to change the country for the better so far are the parties and
you parliamentarians ready to rebuild this path are you ready to confirm that effort you made in the first months and which then faded away we are here i’m here in this chamber today at this point of debate only because the Italians have asked for it the answer to these questions you must not give it
to me but you must give it to the italians thank you draghi says it is impossible to ignore voters who are calling for his coalition to survive he’s urged the drafting of a new coalition agreement saying it’s the only way the government will be able to remain in office several protests have taken place urging draghi to stay
on approximately two thousand mayors and close to 250 business leaders and unions are backing him draghi says his coalition has gradually fallen apart but that there is still far more work to be done he said only strong and cohesive government can rebuild trust with the public so a confidence vote will follow his speech in parliament today the
senate will debate that speech ahead of a vote and the lower house will follow suit tomorrow.