Italian political parties have agreed on a consensus principle for Sergio Mattarella to renew his position as the country’s president, despite the veteran politician’s wish to resign, which was eventually thrown out after a series of unsuccessful votes to choose his successor, the last of them on this Saturday the seventh.
The 387 votes Mattarella received in Parliament this morning is still a long way from the 505 required, but the figure shows consensus is growing around the 80-year-old politician.
For this reason, the country’s Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, met with Mattarella a few hours ago to ask him to reconsider his decision, according to Italian media sources.
If all goes according to plan, Mattarella will be re-elected president by Giorgia Meloni with the support of all parties except the Italian brothers.
This new mandate would ease MPs’ stay until the general elections in 2023, and Draghi would remain head of government with the confidence of a president whose powers are essentially ceremonial, although he is responsible for nominating prime ministers and their ministers Cabinets.