Napolitano re-elected Italian president

Rome, April 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was elected for a second term Saturday.

Napolitano, 87, who was due to step down May 15, agreed to stand again when parliament failed to elect a successor after five previous ballots. He surpassed the simple majority required to be elected.

Napolitano won the votes of 738 of the 1,007 so-called ‘grand electors’, the Ansa news agency reported.

Official results will be announced later.

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi thanked Napolitano for his “spirit of sacrifice” and “personal generosity” for agreeing to serve a second term as Italy’s head of state “in such a difficult, uncertain situation”, the report said.

Napolitano will be sworn in Monday, TMNews said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti


The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by authors, news service providers on this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Hill Post. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. Hill Post makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site page.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.