ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on the second day of voting on Tuesday to choose the country’s new president, as party leaders remain unable to reach a consensus on whom to support.
On Tuesday, 1,008 major electors, mostly members of Parliament and some regional representatives, were eligible to cast their ballots, but the second round of voting, like Monday’s session, did not produce a winner.
In the first three rounds, a majority of two thirds of the voters is required to elect a new head of state, whose job is to represent national unity. As of the fourth round of voting, which would take place on Thursday, only a simple majority of 505 votes will be necessary.
But even a simple majority could be elusive. One of the possibilities being weighed by party leaders is whether enough support can be garnered to elect Prime Minister Mario Draghi as president.
On previous occasions, some presidential elections in Italy have required more than a dozen rounds of voting, including one that required 23 sessions.