Italy’s teetering government was thrown a lifeline Thursday after the country’s president refused to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, insisting he address parliament in a bid to avoid snap elections.
Draghi had earlier vowed to resign after a party in his coalition government—the Five Star Movement—sat out a confidence vote, sending tremors through the eurozone’s third largest economy.
Draghi said the “pact of trust” on which the government was based had been broken, and the conditions to carry on were “no longer there”.
He said he had made “every effort” to “meet the demands that have been put to me”, but the vote showed “this effort was not enough”.
President Sergio Mattarella, a figurehead who takes on a key role in moments of political crisis, asked Draghi not to throw in the towel but instead “assess” the situation in parliament.