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Italy Asks Mattarella to Remain President as Parties in Gridlock

  • Draghi asked leader to stay in office during Rome meeting
  • Accord could limit political turmoil and avoid early election
Sergio Mattarella

Sergio Mattarella

Photographer: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

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Italy’s political parties are set to elect outgoing President Sergio Mattarella to a second term after failing to break a political impasse over whom to replace him.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi met Mattarella Saturday and asked the 80-year-old to remain in office to guarantee the country’s political stability, despite his intention to retire, according to people familiar with the matter. Draghi spoke to party leaders expressing the hope that lawmakers will back the plan.