Italian President Mattarella has dissolved parliament, with new elections scheduled for September 25.

Italy will hold general elections this fall after President Sergio Mattarella formally dissolved parliament.

The decision came after Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned after key allies in the right-wing coalition boycotted a vote of confidence.

Draghi, an economist and former president of the European Central Bank, will remain at the head of the interim government.

The elections, due to take place on September 25, will be the second in Italy in four years.

“The government has resigned. […] I thanked Mario Draghi and the ministers for their commitment during these 18 months,” Mattarella said on Thursday at the Quirinal Palace**.**

“The government is facing restrictions in its activities, but it has the tools to act in these months before the arrival of a new leader.”

“There are many tasks that need to be done in the interests of Italy,” he added.

Soon, Draghi’s interim government fixed the date for the general election, setting it for the last Sunday in September.

Although he could not maintain his fractured coalition, Draghi appears to have retained widespread support among the Italian public, many of whom begged him to stay.

Italian newspapers on Thursday were united in their outrage at the surreal outcome of his resignation and early elections.

“Shame,” read the front page of La Stampa. “Italy betrayed,” wrote La Repubblica.

Italy is waiting to implement its European Union-funded pandemic recovery program at a time of inflation and economic uncertainty linked to the war in Ukraine.

Mattarella called for a speedy resolution of the political crisis in order to guarantee “increasingly needed cooperation at European and international level”.

“I hope, even in the intense dialectical tone of the campaign, for a constructive contribution to Italy’s interests.”