Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Prodi and Letta neck and neck for presidency, bookies say

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(ANSA) – Rome, April 3 – Ex centre-left premier Romano Prodi
and long-time advisor to Silvio Berlusconi Gianni Letta are
running almost neck and neck in the 'race' for election to
Italy's highest office, foreign bookmakers said on Wednesday.
Parliament is due to convene in a joint session to choose
the country's next president of the republic from April 18,
ahead of the end of the seven-year term of incumbent Giorgio
Napolitano on May 15.
Bet2875 put the odds of Prodi becoming president at 1.65
against 1.85 for his centre-right 'rival' Letta.
Other names considered by the bookie were ex centre-left
premier Massimo d'Alema at 2.00, former Senate Speaker Franco
Marini at 2.45 and current Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso at 6.00.
Constitutional lawyer Stefano Rodota' came in at 6.50,
former House Speaker Luciano Violante at 7.00, veteran Radical
politician and former foreign trade minister Emma Bonino at 7.30
and ex-premier Giuliano Amato at 8.00.
The election of the president of the republic is at the
centre of the political debate and though the office should
ideally go to someone with broad cross-party support the three
leading forces - Pier Luigi Bersani's Democratic
Party (PD), Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party
and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement - are
currently sticking to mutually incompatible stances.
Voting will be by the 945 members of the two houses of
parliament plus regional representatives, making a
total of 1007.
ßßß A two-thirds majority is needed for the first three votes,
and then a simple majority.

photo: Prodi and Letta in 2005

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