Italy's 80-year-old president wins vote to stay for 2nd term
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has been elected to a second seven-year term as the country's head of state, ending days of political impasse as party leaders struggled to pick his successor.
Earlier on Saturday, lawmakers entreated Mattarella, 80, who had said he didn't want a second mandate, to change his mind and agree to reelection by lawmakers in Parliament and regional delegates. That move followed days of fruitless efforts by political leaders to reach a consensus on another candidate.
Mattarella won in the eighth round of voting when he clinched the minimum of 505 votes needed from the eligible 1,009 Grand Electors. Applause broke out in Parliament, prompting the Chamber of Deputies president to interrupt his reading aloud of the ballots. The count then resumed, with Mattarella continuing to mount in the count well past 670.Read more: CTV News »
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ROME -- Italian President Sergio Mattarella was elected on Saturday night to a second seven-year term as the country's head of state, ending days of political impasse by party leaders that risked eroding the nation's credibility.Social Sharing Family of 4 identified as man, woman in late 30s, 11-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy CBC News · Posted: Jan 27, 2022 12:52 PM CT | Last Updated: 12 minutes ago Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel (left to right), son Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel, wife and mother Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel and daughter Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel are shown in a handout photo.Create Free Account Police in Winnipeg say a five-year-old has died after a house fire in the city that sent nine people to hospital.Social Sharing.
Earlier on Saturday, lawmakers entreated Mattarella, 80, who had said he didn't want a second mandate, to change his mind and agree to reelection by lawmakers in Parliament and regional delegates. That move followed days of fruitless efforts by political leaders to reach a consensus on another candidate.S. Mattarella won in the eighth round of voting when he clinched the minimum of 505 votes needed from the eligible 1,009 Grand Electors. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has said crews were called to a single-storey house in the West End neighbourhood. Applause broke out in Parliament, prompting the Chamber of Deputies president to interrupt his reading aloud of the ballots. (Amritbhai Vakil/The Canadian Press) The bodies of Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel, a 39-year-old man, Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel, a 37-year-old woman, Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel, an 11-year-old girl, and Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel, a three-year-old boy, were found in a field just north of the border on Jan. The count then resumed, with Mattarella continuing to mount in the count well past 670.
Mattarella's term ends Feb. At a news conference later Thursday, Manitoba RCMP Chief Supt.. 3. Ahead of the presidential election this week, Mattarella repeatedly said he doesn't want another stint. "We apologize for that error, but please understand that the frozen state in which the bodies were found and the clothing worn by the family made the initial confirmation difficult. He even rented an apartment in Rome to prepare for his move from the presidential palace atop Quirinal Hill. But after a seventh round of balloting in six days in Parliament failed to yield any consensus on a presidential candidate, party whips and regional governors visited Mattarella at the presidential palace to solicit his willingness Saturday. Autopsies of the four were done on Wednesday by Manitoba's chief medical examiner and confimed that the family members died of exposure to extreme weather conditions.
Rai state TV said Premier Mario Draghi, a non-partisan former chief of the European Central Bank who is leading a pandemic unity government, telephoned party leaders to encourage the lobbying. Draghi had previously indicted he would be willing to move into the president's role, but some party leaders featured that would prompt an early election. 12 and made their way to the Manitoba community of Emerson around Jan. Mattarella's willingness to serve again "is a choice of generosity toward the country," Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta told a news conference minutes before Saturday's second, conclusive round of voting began. "You don't change a winning team," former premier Matteo Renzi told reporters about the current leadership with Draghi, a reassuring figure to financial markets, and Mattarella as president. No abandoned vehicle was found on the Canadian side of the border, which indicates someone drove the family there and left, he said. A chorus of Italian politicians earlier Saturday called for Mattarella to reconsider.
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who heads the center-right Forza Italia party he founded, said that unity "today can only be found around the figure of President Sergio Mattarella, of whom we know we're asking a great sacrifice. "We need anyone who had interaction with the Patel family or has information about their journey to the border to think about what they went through and step forward," Hill said, adding Mounties believe the family's interactions could include hotel, gas station and restaurant employees." Health Minister Roberto Speranza, who heads a small left-wing party, told reporters that Mattarella's re-election would be crucial for "a context of stability for Italy." The head of the populist 5-Star Movement, Parliament's largest force, former premier Giuseppe Conte, told reporters "Mattarella is the guarantor of everybody, impartial, authoritative." Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP's major crime services tip line at 431-489-8551." Until 2013, no president had served a second term. Then, a similar political stalemate in several rounds of balloting ended when Giorgio Napolitano, a former Communist leader, agreed to accept a second mandate.
Napolitano resigned in 2015, when he was nearly 90, clearing the way for the election that made Mattarella Italy's head of state. Related Stories .