Quirinale: Mattarella re-elected president of the Republic with 759 votes
Vita gazette – Sergio Mattarella was re-elected President with 759 votes. He became the second most voted person in the history of Italy. The name Mattarella, which has shown a steady increase in the fragmented list up to the eighth vote, was agreed upon before the eighth vote. The party leaders received the answer from Mattarella, who visited to renew his mandate: “If the country needs it, I’m ready”. In the voting that followed, Sergio Mattarella was re-elected President with 759 votes out of 1,009 and 505 quorums. The oath is scheduled for February 3. The House greeted the re-election with more than four minutes of applause. Mattarella is the second most voted Head of State in Italian history after Sandro Pertini (832 votes out of 995).
The appointment came after the eighth ballot. There were many hypotheses on the table, from Carlo Nordio to Pier Ferdinando Casini, from Elisabetta Belloni to Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, but in the end he won the agreement on the Mattarella bis. It took eight votes in the Chamber of Deputies to elect the President of the Republic: and it is Sergio Mattarella again. And practically everyone had asked him to stay, Mario Draghi included: “For the good and stability of the country”.
It was too difficult to find a different agreement, better to leave the team as it was with Mattarella, in fact, President of the Republic, and Draghi as Prime Minister, without making revolutions in a complex moment, for Italy and the whole world.
No fallback, but a reasoned solution that keeps things in balance. There were many hypotheses on the table, from Carlo Nordio – much desired by Giorgia Meloni – to Nino Di Matteo, from Elisabetta Belloni to Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, but none managed to reach that absolute and necessary majority (505 votes), that Sergio Mattarella, in the eighth vote, obtained, with a large majority: there were 759 votes, making him the second most voted president in history.
Eventually everyone seems to have breathed a sigh of relief. Enrico Letta, secretary of the Democratic Party, commented: “I want to express a big thank you to President Mattarella for his choice, which is a choice of generosity towards the country and is today fundamental, important and necessary. I think it is a beautiful day for Italy and an important day for Italian politics “.
Silvio Berlusconi from San Raffaele in Milan, where he is still hospitalized, said: “This is the moment of unity and we must all feel it as a duty. But unity today can only be found around the figure of President Sergio Mattarella, from whom we know we are asking for a great sacrifice, but we also know that we can ask him for it in the best interest of the country, the same one who has always witnessed in the 7 years of his highest mandate “.
Lega leader Matteo Salvini said: “We risked going forward amidst vetoes, quarrels and quarrels. And I’m calm: I made all possible proposals, especially on the female front. But tomorrow the parliament goes back to being the Parliament, the government is the government: we need normality”.