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US: Italy still does not have a president after three voting towers

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Italy-President-President: Italy still does not have any president after three voting towers

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Rome (Reuters) - The great Italian voters have always reached a consensus on Wednesday after the third ballot to designate the successor to Sergio Mattarella as President of the Republic.

The presidency race remains very open: neither the center-right, nor that of the center-left has enough voices to impose its choice.

A large number of the thousands of parliamentarians and regional representatives that make up the electoral college still voted white, as they had done in the first two rounds, a way of saving time while their leaders are negotiating behind the scenes.

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As of the fourth round, which will take place on Thursday from 10:00 GMT, the election is played by an absolute majority and no longer a two-thirds majority as in previous towers.

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The president of the board, Mario Draghi, remains in the running for the post but his possible election arouses the fear of Seeing its government coalition flying, which could trigger anticipated legislation.

"We would have some weeks of confusion if Draghi had to leave the government (...) It would be a problem in the middle of a health crisis, an energy crisis, an economic crisis," said Matteo Salvini. , leader of the far-right league.

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Among the main parties, only Enrico Latta, at the head of the Center-Left Democratic Party, publicly brought his support to Mario Draghi.

Among the other names mentioned are those of the former President of the Chamber of Deputies Pier Ferdinando Casini, former President of the Giuliano Amato Council and the Chair of Senate Elisabetta Casellati, who has many elus on the right.

Some elected officials would like to see Sergio Mattella, 80 years old, running a second term. The head of state, which obtained more than 120 votes in the vote on this Wednesday, has so far excluded this possibility.

The presidential mandate, lasting seven years, confers important powers in times of political crisis, such as those that Italy has been rehearsal for several years. The head of state has the last word on the appointment of the Prime Minister and the dissolution of Parliament.

(Angelo Anglante and Gavin Jones, French version Laetitia Volga, edited by Bertrand Boucey)

Note to Democrats: Voting has never been easier .
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