The center-right parties in Italy have agreed on Thursday that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is “the right figure” to occupy the Presidency of the transalpine country to replace Sergio Mattarella from February. After a meeting in Rome, the leaders of the League, Brothers of Italy, Italian Force, Center Union (UDC), Us with Italy (NCI) and Let’s Change!, who have reaffirmed their “purpose of unity”, have pointed out that Berlusconi is “the right one” to be president “in this difficult situation”, since he enjoys “the authority and experience that the country deserves and Italians expect”.
For this reason, in a statement released after the summit, which lasted less than three hours, the Italian centre-right formations have asked Berlusconi to “favorably dissolve the reservation maintained until now”.
“The center-right political forces will work to find the broadest convergence in Parliament,” they added, before stressing that their parties “represent the relative majority in the Assembly convened to elect the new head of state” and that they have ” the right and the duty to propose a candidacy at the highest level of the institutions”.
“The figure of the new president must guarantee the authority, balance and international prestige of those who have the responsibility of representing the unity of the nation”, they have emphasized. According to the Adnkronos news agency, next week the center-right parties will meet again, this time with Berlusconi, to check the “numbers” that the former prime minister has to carry out his candidacy.
Berlusconi, 85 years old and with several open judicial fronts, traveled to Rome on Wednesday to test first-hand his true options of becoming the next president of Italy, in a scenario where the name that arouses the most consensus is that of the current head of government. , Mario Draghi, who avoids entering into speculation.
Everything ready to choose the replacement for Mattarella
The movements have accelerated in recent days, after the president of the Chamber of Deputies set January 24 as the day for the election of a position that, despite being more symbolic than political, can mark the future of the country in moments of crisis.
The appointment of the new president will fall to 1,009 people –321 senators, 630 deputies and 58 regional delegates–. To be elected in any of the first three ballots, the candidate must obtain at least two thirds of the votes (673), while from the fourth the threshold passes to an absolute majority (505).
Mattarella’s resignation for a second term has opened up the range of options without there being a clear candidate. 59 percent of Italians bet on a figure outside the political swarm, in line with the current president and his predecessors, according to a survey published this Wednesday by the newspaper ‘La Repubblica’.
The left refuses to support Berlusconi
The main formation of the left in Italy, the Democratic Party (PD), and the 5 Star Movement (M5S) rejected today that Silvio Berlusconi can obtain their parliamentary support to be the next head of state.
“Silvio Berlusconi in the Presidency of the Republic is for us an inadmissible and unthinkable option,” wrote the leader of the M5S, Giuseppe Conte, on social networks, where he asked that the “right does not block Italy”, clinging to his candidacy.
“A high-profile figure is needed. The name of the president must be shared by all” and in any case “it cannot be a political leader, but an institutional figure,” argued the general secretary of the PD, Enrico Letta, in statements to the media.
The Free and Equal left-wing party also stressed in a note that “Berlusconi’s candidacy is frankly inadmissible and contrary to what would be needed in this difficult and complex stage of national history.”
His reactions came after the main right-wing parties in Italy encouraged Berlusconi to make official his will to run for President of the Republic, a key parliamentary process that will start on January 24.