US News Italy: Berlusconi renounces the presidency

17:50  23 january  2022
17:50  23 january  2022 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The Ex-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 85, announced on Saturday that he renounced to be a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, a prestigious post for which the vote begins on Monday in Parliament.

The billionaire has campaigned behind the scenes for weeks to replace the outgoing president Sergio Mattella, even if the observers doubt that he has the necessary votes.

in a statement on the sidelines of a virtual meeting with other leaders of the right, M. Berlusconi assured that he had the necessary votes but that in a spirit of "national responsibility" he had asked his support to withdraw his name.

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"Today, Italy needs unity," he said, with reference to the coronavirus epidemic: "I will continue to serve my country otherwise".

Mario Draghi , the current Prime Minister at the head of a government of national unity and former head of the European Central Bank is a favorite.

but Silvio Berlusconi, whose party forza Italia participates in the government, prefers that it remains at its post until the elections of 2023.

"I deem it necessary for the Government Draghi to finish its work until the end of the legislature" He said in a statement transmitted by his spokesman.

This would allow Mr. Draghi to carry out the reforms of the tax and judicial system, and the administration, promised in exchange for billions of euros from the post-pandemic recovery plan of the European Union, has he explains.

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The President of the Italian Republic , the mainly honorary role, exercises considerable power in the event of a political crisis, whether it is to dissolve the Parliament, to choose the Prime Minister or to refuse mandates to fragile coalitions .

A thousand senators, deputies and regional representatives will begin to vote on Monday.

To be elected, it takes two thirds of the votes to the first three rounds, then the absolute majority to the following towers.

Due to the safety measures related to COVID, each round will take a day and, as the tradition does, there are theoretically no official candidates.

On January 13, Mr. Berlusconi had offered a dithyrambic page to his glory in the right day he GIORNALE, belonging to his family. A list of 25 lines, under a photo, boosted its qualities among which "hero of freedom" which "ended the cold war" and "example for all Italians".

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