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Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, dissolved Parliament on Thursday, which will automatically trigger early elections this fall in the eurozone’s third-largest economy, according to G4Media, citing Le Figaro.

“The political situation led to this decision,” the president said in a televised address, referring to the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi after three major parties in his coalition defected in a confidence vote in the Senate on Thursday. “The discussion, the vote and the way this vote was expressed yesterday in the Senate” demonstrated the absence of “parliamentary support for the government and the absence of prospects to give birth to a new majority,” he explained. “This condition made the early dissolution of parliament inevitable,” which “is always the last option,” he added. The Italian press has advanced several possible dates for these elections: September 18 and 25 or October 2.

The big favorite in the upcoming elections is the so-called “center-right” coalition, which brings together Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing Forza Italia party and the far-right represented by anti-migrant populist leader Matteo Salvini’s League and Fratelli d’Italia.

The internal (economic recovery, inflation, employment) and external (energy independence, war in Ukraine) challenges facing Italy and the EU “require a truly strong and united government and a parliament to accompany it with conviction” , however, the resigned prime minister pleaded.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced his resignation on July 14, but it was rejected by the Italian president.