Sergio Mattarella elected as Italy’s Prez


Rome: Sergio Mattarella has been elected as the President of Italy by the Parlaiment. Sergio Matttarella was a constitutional court judge by profession. At 73, he will succeed Giorgio Napolitano, 89, who stood down earlier this month citing “signs of fatigue”.

The result, confirmed on a third day of voting, will be seen as a boost for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who nominated  Sergio Mattarella.

Italy’s president is largely a ceremonial role, but includes the power to appoint a prime minister.That power is one quite frequently invoked in Italy, where politics is famously volatile.

Napolitano, the last Prez named five prime ministers during his eight-and-a-half-years’ tenure.