Italy will be in ‘very good hands’ with Mario Draghi at the helm of a new government, former PM says


Italian current Senator, former premier and head of the political party ‘Italia Viva’ (IV), Matteo Renzi holds a press conference on January 13, 2021 at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome.

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LONDON — Italy’s Matteo Renzi believes the country will be in “very good hands” with Mario Draghi after the former European Central Bank chief accepted a mandate to try to form a new government.

Following a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday, Draghi agreed to try to form a national unity government and solve the political impasse that has afflicted Italy for about a month.

“I am so happy because today Italy is in very good hands,” Matteo Renzi, leader of the Italia Viva party and former prime minister, told CNBC’s Joumanna Bercetche on Wednesday.

“Mario Draghi is a special man,” he added.

Italy’s latest political crisis was triggered when Renzi’s party withdrew political support for the coalition government led by Giuseppe Conte. Renzi disagreed with Conte’s plan over how to use upcoming European funds.

The move meant the Cabinet lost a working majority in parliament, with lawmakers unable to find a solution after several days of negotiations.

Renzi said he was aware that some will have disagreed with his decision, which brought political uncertainty on top of unprecedented health and economic emergencies. However, he said that the coronavirus pandemic coincided with an “unbelievable chance” for Italy to change.

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