The right-wing coalition has nominated Berlusconi for the presidency. However, his candidacy is unlikely to succeed because he cannot get the support of the parliamentary majority with the right to vote.
“I have decided to take another step on the path of responsibility for the national cause and I have asked those who proposed me to give up my nomination for the presidency of the Republic,” Berlusconi said.
The Italian Parliament will meet on January 24 to vote on the nomination of the new President of the Italian Republic. The selection process for the future Italian head of state is a complex one.
Four covered booths are set up in the lower house of parliament, and voters take turns entering the secret ballot. Each vote lasts an average of more than four hours, which nullifies the party leaders’ attempt to fraudulently influence the course of events.
The electoral college is made up of about 1,008 eligible voters: 630 members of the lower house of parliament, 320 members of the upper house of the Senate, including five senators for life and 58 delegates sent by regional governments.
A candidate must win two-thirds of the votes in any of the first three ballots. Subsequently, a simple majority is required to be validated as chair.
Berlusconi remains a controversial figure on Italian politics after his name was implicated in several tax evasion and prostitution scandals.
Source: Jurnalul by jurnalul.ro.
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