The head of state, in a meeting organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Leone, recalled how even the dc exponent was for “the non-re-eligibility of the President of the Republic with the elimination of the blank semester”. Mattarella’s mandate expires on February 3
Giovanni Leone, like Antonio Segni, also asked for “the non-re-election of the President of the Republic with the elimination of the blank semester”. This is what the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella said in a meeting at the Quirinale on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Leone. A passage, that of the head of state, who seems to reiterate his intention not to remain in office for another seven years: his mandate expires on February 3 and the debate on his successor has already begun.
Mattarella cites Leone’s intervention of October 15, 1975
Mattarella cited the speech that Leone made on October 15, 1975 in Parliament, “which was considered by authoritative jurists to be one of the speeches on institutional reforms”. Among the topics covered, including “bicameralism, Cnel, public administration, noon, strikes in public services”, Leone “re-proposed the solicitation, already underlined by President Segni, to introduce the non-re-election of the President of the Republic with the consequent elimination of the semester white, “explained Mattarella.
“Theme of the mending of the social fabric frequent for Quirinale”
“’I have served the country with institutional correctness and moral dignity’. Thus the President of the Republic Giovanni Leone took leave of the Italians on the eve of the white semester. Yet another testimony of the very high institutional sensitivity that throughout his life had inspired his choices “, recalled Mattarella. Leone, added the current head of state,” had no qualms about abandoning a responsibility that was congenial to him, that of Speaker of the House. He showed courage and generosity to correspond to the general interest of the life of the Republic “. And even in a serious moment for the country, there had just been Piazza della Loggia, Leone – continued Mattarella – worked for a” slow mending of the social fabric. And that of mending, is a theme that will return frequently in the pedagogy of the presidents who have succeeded at the Quirinale “.” The exercise of the functions to which he was called also led to the definition of Leo as a ‘man alone’. Perhaps loneliness is co-essential to the function of President of the Republic. But no man is alone if he chooses to keep his freedom, having obedience to his conscience as a limit “, Mattarella stressed.
Print “have regard for the dignity of the person”
Speaking of the sixth Italian head of state, Mattarella added: “Leone defined the press as an essential component of society. But then he expressed prophetic words: ‘The press is at the service of the truth but we know how the truth is often elusive, let’s be satisfied that there is a objective confirmation, good faith ‘”.” It is difficult to find a scandalous and impudent campaign like the one directed against President Leone “, said Mattarella. Then he appealed to the press: “You can make a warm invitation to have regard for the dignity of the person, which must be safeguarded to the maximum extent. It is difficult to find more measured and humane words to describe the responsibility of the press, which must always be respected “.