Italy's Parliament on 20 April 2013 re-elected Giorgio Napolitano to an unparalleled second term as president. Giorgio Napolitano will be the first Italian president to be re-elected to serve a second term.
The party leaders convinced the 87-year-old Giorgio Napolitano to serve again in hopes of easing the hostility that has let down the formation of a new government.
Napolitano received 738 votes, out of 1007 votes which are far more than the 504 needed for victory easily surpassing the simple majority needed in the sixth round of an election.
As per the Article 84 of the Italian Constitution, any citizen who is fifty or older on Day of Election and enjoys civil and political rights can be elected President.
Some Facts about Giorgio Napolitano’s Political Career
• Giorgio Napolitano was appointed as a Senator for life in 2005, and was subsequently elected as President of Italy on 10 May 2006;
• He is the first President of Italy to have been a member of the Italian Communist Party and the first to be elected to a second term as President.
• He is 11th President of the Italian Republic since 2006.
Election of President Italy
The President of the Italy is elected by Parliament in a joint session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.
As per the Constitution of Italy, the election must be held in the form of secret ballot, with the 315 Senators, the 630 Deputies and the 58 regional representatives all voting. A two-thirds vote is obligatory to elect on any of the first three rounds of balloting; subsequent to that, a majority suffices. The election is presided over by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, who calls for the public counting of the votes.
The President assumes office after having taken an oath before Parliament and delivering a presidential address.