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Italians ask Prime Minister Draghi to stay in office despite the political crisis

Italians ask Prime Minister Draghi to stay in office despite the political

Italy's mayors, business organizations and union leaders urged Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the weekend to reconsider his decision to resign, warning that the debt-laden country's stability was at risk.

The mayors of 110 Italian cities, including 10 major metropolitan areas, said in an open letter that they were following the unrest and called on all parties to be held accountable.

"We mayors, who are called upon every day to manage and solve the problems that plague our citizens, ask Mario Draghi to continue and explain in parliament the good reasons why the government should continue," they wrote.

Draghi resigned last week after one of the parties in his broad coalition, the 5-Star Movement, refused to support the government in a parliamentary vote of confidence.

President Sergio Mattarella rejected his resignation and asked him to address parliament this week, hoping to find a consensus to avoid snap elections at a time of international turmoil and economic tensions.