Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Sixth presidential ballot starts, Napolitano standing


Rome, April 20 - Upper and Lower House lawmakers
and representatives of Italy's regions on Saturday started
voting in the sixth presidential ballot, in which President
Giorgio Napolitano is expected to be re-elected.
Napolitano agreed to stand for re-election after the five
previous ballots failed to elect a successor to the 87-year-old
because of rifts within the centre-left Democratic Party (PD),
the biggest group in parliament.
The PD, ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom
(PdL) party, the regionalist Northern League and outgoing
Premier Mario Monte's Civic Choice party are all backing
Napolitano for a second term.
A simple majority of over half of the 1007 electors is
The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, the third-biggest
group in parliament, is set to keep voting for its candidate,
Constitutional lawyer and former Communist party MP Stefano
Rodota' also has the support of the left-wing SEL, which
was allied with the PD in February's inconclusive general

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