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ANSA reports: "Sources said Draghi is aiming to report back to Mattarella in the next few days to tell him he no longer has any reservations about accepting the mandate to be premier in order for the new government to be sworn in by Friday."

  • Comes after parties across the political spectrum offered support to a technocratic Draghi gov't after negotiations at the weekend.
  • Draghi to use the coming days to talk to trade unions and business leaders to talk about what they want to see from his administration.
  • Right-wing League offers its support alongside populist 5-Star Movement, centre-left Democratic Party, centre-right Forza Italia, and centrist Italia Viva. All parties state support is to get the country through a perilous time.
  • For the League, its support comes due to pressure from the party's historical business base in the north of the country concerned about economic stability. Also because Draghi had secured enough support for a majority without League support, and joining in ensured both the League may have influence on policy and cannot be accused of 'playing politics' at a time of crisis.
  • For the 5-Star, Democratic Party, Italia Viva, and Forza Italia, support for Draghi pushes back the prospect of snap elections. Based on current polls all these parties would lose a substantial number of seats in a snap election.
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