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World Italy's Draghi urges unity, sacrifice in fighting the virus

16:22  17 february  2021
16:22  17 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

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ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi urged Italy’s polarized politicians to unite behind his new government to confront the coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it has wrought, saying Italy has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a more sustainable, equitable and healthy world for future generations.

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses the Senatein Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses the Senatein Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi before addressing the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi before addressing the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP)

Draghi vowed an environmentally conscious and digitally reformed government program in a 50-minute speech Wednesday before the Senate, which came ahead of a mandatory confidence vote later in the day. Draghi is expected to win votes in both the Senate and lower Chamber of Deputies after securing broad-based support for his government.

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“Today unity isn’t a emotion, it’s a duty,“ Draghi said to applause as he concluded his speech. “A duty guided by what unites us all: love of Italy.”

Draghi, the former European central bank chief who is widely credited with having saved the euro, vowed a similar all-out effort to do whatever it takes to emerge from the pandemic, which first erupted in Italy this time last year. He said the principle aim of his administration was to confront the pandemic and safeguard Italians “with all means," and urged politicians to put aside their political interests in a spirit of sacrifice for future generations.

Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Draghi, top, center, flanked by, clockwise from top left, Italy's Minister for Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti, Italy's Agriculture Minister, Stefano Patuanelli, Italy's Justice Minister, Marta Cartabia, Italy's Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of the Government, Roberto Garofoli and Italy's Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese, addresses the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Draghi, top, center, flanked by, clockwise from top left, Italy's Minister for Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti, Italy's Agriculture Minister, Stefano Patuanelli, Italy's Justice Minister, Marta Cartabia, Italy's Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of the Government, Roberto Garofoli and Italy's Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese, addresses the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP)

Draghi’s government was sworn in over the weekend, capping a remarkable few weeks that saw the widely popular Premier Giuseppe Conte resign after a key ally yanked his support. After efforts to forge a third Conte government failed, President Sergio Mattarella asked Draghi, 73, to form a high-profile, non-political government.

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Draghi’s 23-member cabinet includes politicians in most ministries but puts technical experts in key roles, especially those responsible for ensuring that the more than 200 billion euros ($240 billion) in European Union pandemic recovery funds that Italy expects to receive are spent according to EU criteria, such as for ecological and digital transformations.

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses the Senatein Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses the Senatein Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP)

Draghi said his government would be “convincingly” pro-EU and pro-U.S., saying he envisaged in particular reinforcing bilateral relations with France and Germany.

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi applauds following the speech of the Senate speaker, prior to himself addressing the Senate  the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi applauds following the speech of the Senate speaker, prior to himself addressing the Senate the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP)

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Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaks with Italy's Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli prior to addressing the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaks with Italy's Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli prior to addressing the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses the Senatein Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses the Senatein Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Alberto Pizzoli/POOL photo via AP)

Italy: Mario Draghi wins a large majority in a vote of confidence in the Senate .
The corona pandemic hit Italy particularly hard. The new Prime Minister Mario Draghi won the first vote of confidence on his program against the crisis with a large majority. © ANGELO CARCONI / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Draghi won a vote of confidence in the Senate on his program against the corona crisis with a large majority. For the Draghi government and its plans, 262 senators voted on Wednesday evening, with only 40 votes against and two abstentions.

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