Mattarella is stepping down for a second term as President of Italy

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has suggested that after his term in office expires in February 2022, he will not run for re-election, which threatens to cause a new political earthquake if the political parties that have barely put together an emergency government can do so not agree on a new name to run the republic.

The 79-year-old Matarella has confirmed that he is already before the last segment of his seven-year term in the “Quirinale”, which indicates the need to hold the position. “I’m old, in a few months I’ll be able to rest,” he said during a meeting with students from the AdnKronos agency.

It’s not the first time Mattarella has hinted that he won’t strive to continue in the head of state, but until now he’s never been this clear. His words do not even imply a willingness to accept an extension, as happened to his predecessor Giorgio Napolitano, who ended up in office for nine years.

Mattarella is stepping down for a second term as President of Italy
Mattarella is stepping down for a second term as President of Italy

The election of the Italian President rests with Parliament, so a minimum political consensus is required – an absolute majority in a hypothetical final vote. As a result, Mattarella’s departure could reopen the power struggle at a time when Italy is recently experiencing its most recent political crisis.

Former President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mari Draghi, took office as Prime Minister in mid-February, at the head of a far-reaching government made up of politicians and technocrats, and which puts the country at risk of early elections after the fall of the executive branch Directed by Giuseppe Conte.

The leader of the league, Matteo Salvini, one of the supporters of Draghi’s cabinet, has approved the current prime minister as the future president of Italy, a hypothetical change in positions likely to lead to elections. The ultra-right formation appears as the favorite in all polls today.

Like his predecessors, Mattarella played a mediating role in the constant political struggle between the parties in Italy. For example, the president has the power to entrust the formation of a government to a specific person.

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