It was about seven years ago, in January 2015, when Sergio Mattarella was elected the president of the Italian Republic and now he has become the second president to be chosen for a second term. The election took place from 21th to 29th January and after seven failed votes, the Parliament could not come to an agreement and wasn’t able to find a suitable person to take after Sergio Mattarella’s position. The twelfth president had expressed various times his desire to finally retire after his presidency due to his age, but his time to rest has not come yet. On the 29th of January, the Parliament has unexpectedly come to a decision: Mattarella was re-elected with 759 votes and the announcement of the Mattarella-bis was followed by a five minutes applause of the Parliament. Despite his plans of retirement, he decided to take over this position because of his “sense of responsibility” and “respect for the Parliament decision”, as he stated as soon as he came to know about his election. His choice was also influenced by the situation the entire world is going through; the economic, social, and sanitary crises are more important for him than his desires and wishes, which he gave up on to provide stability to the country. The newly re-elected President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella has stressed several times how the construction of the future must put young people at the center of every interest, as the term “construction” brings with it the idea of a beginning, of new decisions, of a recovery that doesn’t just have to be cheap. Now, Italian citizens are happy to entrust him with their future, hoping that he will be a great president for the country once more.
Sergio Mattarella: the long-awaited president
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