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Gentiloni welcomes prospect of Draghi govt

03 febbraio 2021 | 17.01
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Brussels, 2 Feb. (AKI)

EU economy commissioner Paolo Gentiloni has welcomed Italy's president Sergio Mattarella's summoning of European Bank chief Mario Draghi for talks in Rome on Wednesday after Mattarella said he would seek a “high profile” executive.

"Thanks President! #Mattarella," Gentiloni tweeted.

Following the failure on Tuesday of talks among ruling coalition partners to form a new cabinet headed by caretaker premier Giuseppe Conte, Mattarella announced he would help form a "high-profile government that should not identify itself with any political formula".

The Coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis "demand a fully functioning government, not one reduced to minimal activity," Mattarella stated on Tuesday, signalling his preference for a technical government over early elections followed by months of negotiations on a new administration as occurred in 2013 and 2018.

Lower house speaker Roberto Fico, a politician from the 5Star Movement - the largest party in the just-ended government - was tasked by Mattarella on Friday with exploring the possibility of reviving the collapsed coalition headed by Conte but told reporters on Tuesday that "differences remained".

There has been no comment from Draghi – nicknamed 'Super Mario' for his role in saving the euro in 2014 - on the prospect of leading a national unity government.

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