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Italian Draghi wins vote of confidence, but 5 Stars boycotts motion

The electronic board of parliament displays the results of the vote of confidence for the government at the upper house of parliament, in Rome, Italy, July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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ROME, July 14 (Reuters) – Italy’s government won a confidence motion in the upper house of parliament on Thursday on measures to tackle the cost of living crisis, but the 5 Star Movement followed through on its threat to boycott the vote.

The motion passed by 172 votes to 39.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said earlier this week that his government could not continue without 5-star support and ruled out leading a coalition with a different composition. Read more

President Sergio Mattarella, the supreme arbiter of Italian politics, will have to decide how to resolve the crisis. He could ask Draghi to try to reconstitute his administration with another vote of confidence. If a majority cannot be obtained, he will have to dissolve parliament and call a snap election.

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Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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