Sergio Mattarella was born on July 23, 1941, in Palermo. He had few political ambitions early in his professional life and seemed destined to be a law professor at the Law School at the University of Palermo.
But everything changed when his brother, Piersanti Mattarella was killed by the “mafia” in Palermo on January 6, 1980, while he was going to Mass with his wife and children.
Sergio decided to leave the academic career and enter politics to fight against organized crime. In an emotional interview with a CNN’s journalist he said: “I had no intension of entering politics, but then the force of events led me to become involved in politics.
He was minister several times and from 1983 to 2008 he was elected deputy. He was Minister of Education from July 1989 to July 1990. During his term there was a primary school reform and the “module” with three teachers for two classes was introduced. He was also a constitutional judge.
He was elected president of the Italian Republic in 2015, when he was 74 years old, and in his speech he promised to fight corruption, improve Italian economy and be impartial. Now, after seven years, his term is about to end. He is loved by many Italians who think that his decisions are based on what he believes is best for Italy. He has been an excellent president with his being so reserved but firm in his convictions. He has reassured Italians during political crisis and the difficult times of pandemic. His moral integrity has made him the ideal president and we are sorry he will leave this charge because we think in these seven years he has represented Italy so well and he has given so much to Italy and to Italian people.