Quirinale 2022, is Mattarella bis: “I could not escape”

Re-elected President of the Republic with 759 votes, he is the second most voted Head of State in history after Pertini: “I accept it out of a sense of responsibility”

Sergio Mattarella re-elected president of the Republic with 759 votes, the highest number of preferences after Sandro Pertini. “The difficult days due to the serious health, economic and social emergency call for the sense of responsibility“which requires” not to shirk the duties to which one is called “, which prevail” over other considerations and different personal perspectives “, he said after his re-election.

When Mattarella reached the quorum of the absolute majority, equal to 505 votes, the Chamber of Parliament paid him about 5 minutes of applause. A new, very long, applause from the classroom greeted the announcement of the Speaker of the Chamber, Roberto Fico, who proclaimed him President of the Republic. With a brief statement, Fico, accompanied by the President of the Senate, Elisabetta Casellati, communicated the re-election to Mattarella, in a brief meeting at the Quirinale. With 759 votes, he is the second most voted head of state in history, after Sandro Pertini, who remains in first place with 832 votes.

Mattarella accepted re-election as President of the Republic out of a “sense of responsibility” and “respect for the decisions of the Parliament”. “The difficult days spent for the election to the presidency of the Republic, in the course of the serious emergency that we are still going through on the health, economic and social fronts, call for a sense of responsibility and respect for the decisions of Parliament. These conditions they impose not to shirk the duties to which one is called and of course they must prevail over other considerations and different personal perspectives “said the President of the Republic, after having received the announcement of the election. Mattarella accepted the election “with the commitment to interpret the expectations and hopes of our fellow citizens”. “I would like to thank the parliamentarians and the delegates of the Regions for the confidence they have expressed in me”, said the head of state.

The meeting of the Parliament in joint session for the oath and the message of the President of the Republic will be held on Thursday 3 February at 15.30.


“The re-election of Sergio Mattarella to the Presidency of the Republic is splendid news for Italians. I am grateful to the President for his choice to support the very strong will of Parliament to re-elect him for a second term”, declared the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi .

Mattarella bis, the differences with Napolitano

In 2013 it was Giorgio Napolitano’s turn to respond to the appeal for the renewal of the position. Nine years later, the different nuances of the ways in which the epilogue was reached emerged. Enrico Letta, then deputy secretary of the Democratic Party, went to lead the government of broad agreements that was born as a consequence of Napolitano’s double mandate. “There was the idea that political leaders would go to Mattarella but I thought that, in a phase in which the constitutional flaws are already many, the best choice is that the group leaders go”, he told the big voters of the Democratic Party. The two encores have a common starting point: the emergency situation, now weighed down by Covid, the political and institutional stalemate. In recent days there have been the impossibility of the parties to find an agreement on a new name and the swirl of burnt names. In 2013 there were the 101 in the Democratic Party who earthquake the Democratic Party, a very fragile political framework delivered by the polls and Beppe Grillo ready to invoke the street protest and march on Parliament.

With this framework, in 2013 it was decided that party leaders should ask Napolitano for the ‘sacrifice’. The scheme used to get to Mattarella’s encore was however different, even in a context that is no less emergency and extraordinary. The request made by the leaders, as Letta explained, was considered “another constitutional flaw”. Perhaps also in reference to the candidacy, burned, of the second position of the state. And then he turned his gaze to Parliament. After all, it was the big voters who struck the first blow in the sixth ballot, Friday, with 336 votes to the head of state despite the fact that no indications had been received from the parties to this effect. This is why it was decided that the majority group leaders would be the ones to climb the Hill, to bring the voice of Parliament. To follow, a delegation of the great voters of the Regions. And Mattarella, although he had “other programs”, in the end gave the green light.


“Here is the winner!”. Dario Franceschini greets Enrico Letta in full Transatlantic. The secretary, who never hid that he had worked on the hypothesis of Mario Draghi al Colle, nevertheless never failed to repeat that the Mattarella bis would have been “the best”. And he had repeated it last Sunday on the eve of the start of the voting, on TV by Fabio Fazio: “For us it would be the ideal solution”. However, the days at the edge of the surreality of the Colle match leave heavy slags in the center-left field, opening a crack in the confidence of the Pd parliamentarians in their ally Giuseppe Conte. First the operation on Frattini and above all the one yesterday evening on Belloni – both in line with Matteo Salvini – unleashed anger among the dem. What happens now? “But nothing”, replies a big player from the Democratic Party to Adnkronos. “We do nothing, we see what happens in there … We had our difficult moment, in February of last year, after Zingaretti’s resignation, now they will make their clarifications”. Letta himself does not hide the chaos of Friday evening: “There was a media short circuit that made the management of the affair complex, but today (yesterday, ed) I had a long coalition meeting, in which there was it was a necessary clarification, which I think is sufficient “. And then he adds to close the question: “If I trust Conte? Yes”.


The Colle game ended with the re-election of Sergio Mattarella, in the M5S the air is blowing from a showdown. And there is talk, with increasing insistence, of a fracture (if not an imminent split) between the ‘Contiana’ wing of the 5 Star Movement and the area that instead belongs to Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who on Friday evening , with a note, he publicly disavowed the method that had led to the identification of the director of Dis Elisabetta Belloni as a possible candidate for the presidency of the Republic. An evident distance between the head of the Farnesina and the pentastellated leader Giuseppe Conte, plastically remarked by Di Maio’s absence at the joint assembly in which, at lunchtime, the president of the Movement announced to the great Grillini voters the vote to support of Mattarella. “I think that also in the M5S it is necessary to open an internal political reflection”, Di Maio said warning: “I have heard in recent days that Draghi must remain in Chigi, the highest profile to manage the crisis we are experiencing. agreement, and to do so we must get to work immediately from tomorrow, because the country has sacrosanct priorities and I hope that tomorrow no one will start feeding games, tensions or divisions “.

Fdi and Lega

Elisabetta Belloni “was a neutral profile, an authoritative and adequate solution in the case of the stalemate” on the elections for the Quirinale. Giorgia Meloni underlines this in ‘Porta a Porta’, explaining that she did not vote for Mattarella because “I consider it a constitutional forcing” with which “we trade 7 years of presidency for seven months of legislature” for the fear of parliamentarians to go to the vote. How did Salvini explain it to you? “He didn’t explain it to me.” The leader of the League says: “I respect Fdi, he made a choice of opposition, last year saying no to Draghi and now no to Mattarella, the League made another choice”. “Everyone does her job, Meloni will then say Draghi is not good, Mattarella is not good”, “but I think that Mattarella is convincing and reassuring”, added Salvini.


Until the end, the ‘centrists’ worked to bring Pier Ferdinando Casini to Colle. The agreement between the parties of both sides seemed a done deal. But then something went wrong and everyone preferred to cling to the rescue donut of the Mattarella bis, a hypothesis that always remained in the background. To understand what happened, you have to rewind the tape. Already failed on the eve of the fourth vote due to the doubts of the Lega and Fdi, the ‘Casini for president’ operation was kept covered and carried out under the radar by Fi and a part of the ‘centrists’ of the center right (Udc, Noi per l’Italia and Cambiamo) throughout the day on Friday. Then the turning point, just before midnight, when Antonio Tajani, on input from Silvio Berlusconi, announces to keep his hands free to negotiate with the left on a shared name for the Quirinale, breaking free from Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni. The blue number two meets in the night, for a long time, Maurizio Lupi, Lorenzo Cesa, Antonio De Poli, Giovanni Toti and Gaetano Quagliariello. With the number two force player also Licia Ronzulli and the group leaders of the Chamber and Senate, Paolo Barelli and Anna Maria Bernini. Attovagliati in the private room of the Maxela restaurant in piazza della Maddalena, a few steps from Montecitorio, the ‘centrist pact’ was born to push a politician, the former president of the Chamber, to the highest hill with an Ursula majority, involving Pd, M5S and Iv , with the blessing of Cav. Abacus in hand, calculations are made after calculations to see if there are numbers in Parliament.

The centrist maneuvers, they say, reach Salvini’s ears, who understands the hint, sees himself already cut out of the game and decides to make a U-turn in the Cesarini area, breaking the axis with Giuseppe Conte on Elisabetta Belloni to focus on Mattarella bis. Fdi also senses something and suspects that once the blitz on Casini has failed, the Ursula pact may then reappear on the proportional basis. The Casini card burned and the bipartisan agreement for the re-election of the current head of state reached at the end of a day on the roller coaster, but the political novelty of the Fi-centrist axis in the name of the EPP remains, which claims its spaces in the center-right and marks the distance from the sovereign front Salvini-Meloni.