The Italian Parliament will begin on Monday 24 the election of the next President of the Republic with a system in which the 1,009 “big voters” who will define the successor of the current president Sergio Mattarella. One of the possible successors is “officially” Silvio Berlusconi.
The six forces of the Italian center-right proposed this Friday formally the three-time premier for the Presidency of the Republic and they asked him to accept a candidacy that he pursues against all odds.
“The coalition leaders agreed that Silvio Berlusconi is the right figure to occupy the high position in this difficult situation with authority and experience that the country deserves and that Italians expect”, the six forces of the sector raised today in a joint statement after a summit they held in Rome.
In view of the election of Mattarella’s successor that Parliament will begin on January 24, the center-right forces “request, therefore, that you favorably dissolve the reservation maintained until now.”
The spaces that raised formal support for Berlusconi are Strength Italy, founded by the former premier; the League de Matteo Salvini y Brothers from Italy Giorgia Meloni as the main three and then Courage Italy, Center Union and us with italy with less gravity.
“The figure of the new President of the Republic must guarantee the authority, balance and international prestige of those who have the responsibility of representing the unity of the nation,” added the six forces in the statement.
In the newspapers. Berlusconi in the pages of Il Giornale. Photo: AFP
The election of the President will take place with the presence in a “joint session” of the 630 deputies, the 321 senators and 58 delegates from the 20 regions that make up, among all the 1,009 “great electors” from January 24 at 15 locals (11 from Argentina) with one vote per day.
“In light of these considerations, the centre-right, which represents the relative majority in the assembly convened to elect the new head of state, he has the right and the duty to propose a candidacy for the top of the institutions,” the center-right forces explained in the statement.
The center-right, today, could start discussions with a flat of 414 guaranteed votes of its six members, while the House’s core forces could bring another 91 great voters to those numbers.
The first three votes, scheduled if necessary for the 24th, 25th and 26th of this month, require a minimum of two-thirds for the election of the President, while from the fourth onwards it is enough to obtain simple majority of 505 votes, a scenario that the center-right points to in order to proclaim the three-time premier.
a divisive figure
Berlusconi, 85, already reaped the rejection anyway of centre-left forces like Italia Viva and Libres e Iguales who consider it a “divisive” figure for the country.
“The center-right political forces will work to find the broadest convergences in Parliament and will also ask the Presidents of the Chamber and Senate to take all necessary measures to guarantee the exercise of the constitutional right to vote for all 1,009 major voters,” he added. the joint statement this Friday.
Berlusconi, an 85-year-old football and media entrepreneur, has on his back a conviction for tax fraud and one of the first instance later revoked for corruption of minors, among a series of scandals that surrounded his time in power and that frame the rejection of the center-left forces to support his candidacy.
Mattarella, 80, His term expires on February 3. and he stated several times that he does not want to seek a second term that the Constitution allows him, although a sector of the center-left seeks to convince him to make a “sacrifice” for re-election.