The Latest: Mario Draghi officially accepts mandate as Italy's new PM

Source: Xinhua| 2021-02-13 07:27:19|Editor: huaxia

Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Lu Yang)

Before confirming the mandate, Mario Draghi consulted all the parties in parliament to hear their priorities and whether they were willing to back the government. He has received support from all parties but one.

ROME, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former president of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi has officially accepted the mandate as Italy's new prime minister, Secretary General to the Presidency of the Republic Ugo Zampetti stated on Friday.

He had received the task from Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Feb. 3, following the collapse of previous government led by Giuseppe Conte after a junior ally pulled out of the coalition.

Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) speaks at a press conference in Rome, Italy, on Feb. 4, 2021. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

Before confirming the mandate, Draghi consulted all the parties in parliament to hear their priorities and whether they were willing to back the government. He has received support from all parties but one.

Draghi will now form a new cabinet team, which will have to be sworn in before going before the lower house and the senate for a double vote of confidence.

Former chief of European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi (L) arrives at the Palazzo del Quirinale for a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, Feb. 3, 2021. (Pool via Xinhua)


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