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Democrat Leader Says Italians Will Punish Those Who Left Draghi

  • Former premier Letta says party supported premier to the end
  • Center-right bloc likely to win elections, according to polls
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Mario Draghi Resigns as Italian Prime Minister

Early elections in Italy won’t necessarily lead to a victory for center-right parties, Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta said, as voters may choose to punish politicians who turned their back on outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi.  

Draghi stepped down as prime minister on Thursday, after three parties in his coalition -- Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and Matteo Salvini’s League from the center-right, plus the anti-establishment Five Star Movement -- withdrew their support.