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MNI: Lawmakers To Back Draghi If He Stays As PM-Party Sources

(MNI) Rome

Right-wing Italian parties are shying away from the prospect of early elections if Mario Draghi quits as PM, officials say.

Parliamentarians from across Italy’s political divide are likely to provide broad backing for Mario Draghi if he offers to stay in government and continue economic reforms in an address to parliament on Wednesday as pressure mounts on the prime minister to reverse last week’s moves towards resigning, senior officials from parties backing his government told MNI.

Sources from the centre-left Democratic Party and the centrist Italia Viva said they are convinced Draghi will remain as prime minister, while the right-wing League and Forza Italia, which had been tempted by the prospect of early elections, said they now see a 50% chance he will drop any idea of quitting.

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Parliamentarians from across Italy’s political divide are likely to provide broad backing for Mario Draghi if he offers to stay in government and continue economic reforms in an address to parliament on Wednesday as pressure mounts on the prime minister to reverse last week’s moves towards resigning, senior officials from parties backing his government told MNI.

Sources from the centre-left Democratic Party and the centrist Italia Viva said they are convinced Draghi will remain as prime minister, while the right-wing League and Forza Italia, which had been tempted by the prospect of early elections, said they now see a 50% chance he will drop any idea of quitting.

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