Country Risk

Italian president dissolves parliament, triggering elections in March; strong performance by populist parties expected

22 January 2018


Italy is heading for a general election after President Sergio Mattarella dissolved parliament on Thursday (28 December 2017) and announced the election date of 4 March.

The last hurdle to the general election was cleared in October 2017, when parliament finally ratified a new electoral law after significant controversy (see Italy: 13 October 2017: ). Meanwhile, Italy will continue to be governed by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s caretaker government until the election is held. Gentiloni’s premiership has been characterised by continued pressure on Italy’s institutions from the refugee wave and ongoing problems for the banking sector, which has been burdened by a high share of non-performing loans.

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