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Presidential Elections in Italy Set for January 24, Mario Draghi is Favorite

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A new head of state will be elected in Italy on January 24. The bicameral parliament will meet at 3 p.m. that day for the election of the president of the republic, the House of Representatives announced in Rome on Tuesday.

 

Current Prime Minister Mario Draghi (74) is the favourite, although his succession could destabilize the peninsula.

In Italy, the members of parliament, senators and representatives of the twenty regions elect the president of the republic. A two-thirds majority is required in the first three rounds to win. In the fourth round of voting, a simple majority is sufficient.

The election of a successor to incumbent President Sergio Mattarella is eagerly anticipated. However, there is no sure winner yet. For weeks, the media has been speculating about the candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who is seen as a frontrunner. Others would like to see a woman head of state. Silvio Berlusconi (85) is often mentioned as a candidate in the right-wing camp.

The president has a vital role in Italy, especially in times of crisis. He can, among other things, dissolve the parliamentary chambers and appoint ministers. Mattarella’s term ends in February after seven years.

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