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Italy: Mario Draghi will be Italy's prime minister

2021-02-05T07:19:28.798Z

Former ECB head Draghi is set to become the new prime minister. He is celebrated and hated - and shakes the party landscape in his country. Can he save Italy's economy?



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Prime Minister candidate Draghi (on Wednesday in Rome): return from retirement

Photo: ALESSANDRA TARANTINO / AFP

Mario Draghi led a quiet retirement life after leaving the Eurotower in Frankfurt in 2019 - and before unexpectedly saving his home country Italy in 2021.

Last summer the Vatican made him a member of a papal academy.

Sometimes he would pick up his granddaughter from school.

At some point there was a fire in his holiday home in Umbria - that was the most exciting news about the ex-President of the European Central Bank (ECB) and currently probably the most famous Italian in the world.

When the 73-year-old was asked about his political future, he referred to his wife.

She ruled out a career in Rome early on.

"My husband will not form a government, he is not a politician," said Maria Serena Cappello.

President Mattarella tasked Draghi with forming a government

The quiet has been over since Tuesday noon.

After a long dispute in the center-left ruling coalition, President Sergio Mattarella had had enough.

He commissioned Draghi to form a new government of national unity.

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