The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, offered his resignation to Italian President Sergio Mattarella, but Mattarella promptly rejected it within minutes, throwing Italian politics into turmoil.
“Tonight I will resign in the hands of the President of the Republic. Today’s votes in Parliament are a very politically significant fact,” Prime Minister Draghi said in a statement, referring to the fact that some of his coalition had abstained from a vote of confidence in his leadership earlier in the day.
Draghi won the vote of confidence even without his coalition's full support, however.
Like the U.S., Italy has been experiencing drastic increases in the cost of living that have led to protests against the government.
Draghi had been the head of the European Central Bank before becoming prime minister, and was seen as one of the only leaders who could hold a unified government together.
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