53 applause, 19 standing ovations, final ovation: the hottest reaction on the role of Parliament, then Sassoli, Vitti and justice
53 applause, 19 standing ovations, a final ovation of 4-5 minutes. If there were still doubts as to whether the Mattarella bis was born among the 1,009 great voters, listening to the 40-minute post-oath speech of the head of state and the reactions it aroused in Parliament, any uncertainty should have vanished. From the moment the President of the Republic entered the hall, the whole hemicycle jumped up, all the parliamentary groups. Including that of the Brothers of Italy.
A a spontaneous bipartisan tribute, also of an emotional nature for Mattarella’s tributes to Monica Vitti, David Sassoli or the doctors on the front line against Covid. An emphasis that seemed to take a different turn, one of revenge and pride, in some more ‘political’ passages of the head of state’s speech. The great voters jumped to their feet for the first time on the words on Covid: Mattarella thanked doctors, health professionals, mayors and law enforcement agencies.
Shortly after, the applause of the 1,009 electors, in standing ovation, took again more vigor on the strong words pronounced by the president on justice, vis-à-vis the judiciary, on the need for reforms. “Magistrates and lawyers should work to restore prestige and credibility to justice”, the passage that has heated up the whole hemicycle, from right to left. A few minutes seated and then a new click on the benches by the 1009.
Mattarella he claimed the central role of Parliamentinvoking among other things “adequate times for the examination of government measures”. The applause from the benches towards the president was very warm. On Monica Vitti, remembered by the head of state, another sincere clap. The same a little further on to underline Mattarella’s words towards David Sassoli: “In the soul of our fellow citizens”.
AND with the same force the great voters underlined the memory of Lorenzo Parelli, the student-trainee who died on his last day of school-work alternation. “‘From the Italian people gratitude to Pope Francis” triggered a new, long, standing applause. The other standing ovations were reserved for the passages of the speech on the tragedy of deaths at work, on violence against women, on racism and anti-Semitism, on the disabled, on the fight against the mafia.
At the end of his speech, a real ovation was then given to the head of state. For 4-5 minutes the whole chamber greeted the president’s encore. A round of applause with a strong meaning and a different flavor, underlined several great voters, compared to the one addressed in 2013 to Giorgio Napolitano. Then the president had lashed the political class with decision, with clear and even harsh words, recalling it to all his responsibilities for the stalemate that had been created and that had led to his encore.