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Sergio Mattarella sworn-in as the President of Italy

Feb 3, 2015 17:59 IST

Sergio Mattarella was sworn-in as the President of Italy on 3 February 2015. He is the 12th President of Italy since the country became a Republic after World War II.

Sergio Mattarella, 73, a Constitutional Court Judge was elected as the President of Italy on 31 January 2015. He succeeded Giorgio Napolitano, 89, who stepped down from the post in January 2015 citing signs of fatigue.

He was elected after three inconclusive rounds of voting, in which no other candidate secured the two-thirds majority that is needed to win the election.

He won the election in the fourth round of voting conducted on 31 January 2015 that required merely a simple majority of 1009 eligible voters to produce result. His vote passed the threshold of 505-vote needed to get elected as the President.

President’s position is a ceremonial role in Italy but the President reserves the power to appoint a Prime Minister of the country. The president's term of office lasts for seven years.

He is the first judge of the Constitutional Court to become President of the country and also is the first President from Sicily in the history of Italy to become a President

Born on 23 July 1941, Mattarella entered politics in 1983 as a member of parliament from the now-defunct Christian Democrat party, after his elder brother Piersanti, the then island's governor was killed by Mafia.

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