Mr Salvini and other right-wing popular leaders have argued that Mr Conte’s departure, and the lack of broad political consensus, should lead to new and early elections, in which polls show they will likely win.
But while Mr. Salvini maintained his now-left calls for early elections, the country’s most politically aligned populists were also careful not to appear overly critical of Mr. Draghi. He said his party, the League, would be making proposals on Mr. Draghi’s final agenda, which he said should be “full of content, things to do.”
Mattarella’s decision to summon Mr Draghi followed a meeting Tuesday evening with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Roberto Fico, who was tasked last week with determining whether the bickering Italian government is capable of overcoming the wide range of political disputes that have led to Collapse Last month from Mr. Conte’s 17-month-old government.
Mr. Fico told the Italian president on Tuesday evening that he had failed.
Conte has also failed in weeks of desperate attempts to garner enough support from a loose group of lawmakers to stay in power.
On Tuesday evening, Conte, who had plunged Five Star from obscurity just two years ago to lead the country, seemed to have already faded.
“Beyond all the arguments, about who won and lost, the crux of the situation is that in the most difficult and most dramatic situation we can imagine, we go from Conte’s hands to Draghi’s hands,” Mario Calabrese, who edited the two and wrote the leading Italian newspapers on Twitter. “I’m going to sleep quietly. Are you?”
Elisabetta Povolido, Gaia Biianigiani and Emma Popula contributed to the report.